I Have A Pea-sized Lump In My Armpit. Do I Need To Worry?

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Asked by jshu

I Have A Pea-sized Lump In My Armpit. Do I Need To Worry?

The lump is hard, painless, immoveable, and a bit below the skin. I'm going for my annual mammogram soon, but I read that a regular mammogram won't see a lump under the arm. Should I mention this to my doctor?

Answer

Yes, definitely mention this armpit lump to your doctor. Some GPs don't think to check in the armpits during a clinical breast exam, and it's important that they do so. As you said, a mammogram isn't going to find a lump in your armpit.

Any lumps, either a breast lump or in the armpit, should be taken seriously. This lump could be a sign of fibrocystic change, a condition that many women experience. While not dangerous, it does produce lumps and sometimes breast pain.

If your doctor dismisses the lump as "nothing to worry about," please press for further information, perhaps even a biopsy. It's important that this lump -  like any breast lump - be taken seriously.