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Q: Pain in lump went away after period, but the lump is still there and feels bigger?

The lump in my breast has stopped hurting but the lump has gotten bigger.  the radiologist told me that there was nothing on the mammogram.  my OB/GYN says there is clearly somthing but the tissue is too dense to see.  I am going to the surgeon and was wondering if there was anything i should think to ask him about this lump. 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/11/08 12:47pm

Jenny, you should ask for an MRI to ascertain just what the lump is. MRIs are a great screening tool for younger women with dense breasts. Understand that MRIs are notorious for producing "false positives" - they'll reveal things in your breast that LOOK like cancer, but aren't. So there's the possibility of having a biopsy that comes back benign. But in my opinion, if you have a growing lump in your breast, you should find out exactly what it is, and the sooner the better. Good luck - PJH

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By Jenny, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/17/10, First Published: 08/11/08