Can Mammograms Detect A Lump In The Armpit?

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Asked by 2scoops

Can Mammograms Detect A Lump In The Armpit?

I had a mammogram in August and shortly after that (about a month or so) I found a pea to small bean- sized lump under my arm. It is still there. I haven't had any infections and the lump isn't tender. I always feel pretty confident right after a test, but am becoming more concerned as it remains there. I will be 60 in a few days. Had Cancer of the uterus in 1999. It was completely removed with a hysterectomy and no symptoms since. I have been on hormones every since, but just the smaller dose (.425? blue pill) of premerin for about the last year.

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Hi - Unless the lump is in the area that they reached with the mammogram (is it part of what was squeezed between the plates?), then it wouldn't detect this lump. Sounds like something you should have looked at. The vast majority of lumps are nothing to worry about, but you should always get a lump in your breast or armpit checked out. Your age, and the length of time you've been on hormone replacements both put you at risk, so best to call for an appointment. Good luck - PJH