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I am a 40 year old hispanic female. My father's aunt died of breast cancer 30 years and my mother has a cousin who had her breast removed because of cancer.  Last year in April I had a routine mammogram.  They found califications and ordered a diagnostic mammogram (right breast) and an ultrasound.  I was told that I have cysts and not to worry it was cancer free.  The other day I was doing my self breast exam and notice a lump on my right breast around 7 oclock.  I went to the doctor and she ordered another diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.  I cannont sleep because I am so worried.  My appointment isn't until friday.  My breast sometimes hurt and feel sore.  I had a hystercomy in 1996 (partial vaginal).  Any thoughts????
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Dear paranoid, You have done the right thing by having this new lump followed up on.  The mammogram and ultrasound results will give a better idea if further evaluation is recommended i.e. biopsy.  Some findings are more suspicious than others, often lumps turn out to be benign, however you can not say for sure without evaluation.
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Your family history doesn't add up to increased risk. Having cysts means you will likely get lots of lumps in your life, and it's good to have any new persisting lump checked. In the future, it might be that when lumps appear, they could have a needle inserted to see if it's a cyst: if it is, fluid comes out and the lump goes away, and further xrays and ultrasounds might not be needed.
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I know the surgeon doesn't answer, but it feels kind of big.  If I have been diagnosed with multiple cysts can they turn into cancer?  And aren't the cysts small?  Does size matter.  I'm still not sleeping and feeling nervous.
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cysts  DO NOT turn into cancer. And cysts can be anywhere from microscopic in size, to the size of a baseball, believe it or not!. I've drained many over the years that took several syringes before they were empty.
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Thank you for your response.  I had a physician whom I work with feel the lump and he said it was round and smooth, but didn't feel like a cyst.  Because it felt harder than a cyst.  Would you recommend it be taken out even if it is benign?  Im I rushing into things.  In my line of work, I see physicians who are negligent in their medical care and treatment of patients.  So maybe I am being more paranoid then I should.
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the easy way to find out if it's a cyst is to insert a needle: it takes a couple of seconds and usually is nearly painless. If it's a cyst, fluid will come out and the lump will be gone. Then there's nothing there, and no reason to remove it. Round and smooth is nearly always either a cyst, or a fibroadenoma (a harmless tumor.) Cysts can be very hard, so you really can't say by feel alone. When a needle doesn't return fluid, then it usually get get a few cells that can be looked at under the microscope (not everywhere are there pathologists comfortable with examining cells only). Depending on people's comfort levels, when a lump feels like a fibroadenoma and the cytology (cell exam) is consistent with it, some people are ok leaving them alone.
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Thank you so much for your help.  I appreciate it.  I feel better. This site is wonderful. Hope I didn't take to much of your time.
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Went in to have diagnostic mammo and ultrasound.  It was large and round.  The x-ray tech told me she couldn't say for sure but it looked like a cyst.  The ultrasound tech., who couldn't say anything, but kept saying to me that I was going to be fine.

If it is a cyst.  what is next in your opinion?
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Probably a cyst aspiration.  They insert a needle and remove the fluid. If it's a cyst, then it's gone.
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P.S.  Did they schedule you for a return visit??
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I have to wait for the results,which I will probably get on Monday or Tuesday and then I will see what they say.  I am still scared, but they did make me feel a little better.
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I am a 33 year old in my second year recovering from renal cell carcinoma.  Last year I had an abnormal mammogram, a biopsy revealed fibradenoma in the right breast with some calcification.  The thing is, both breast hurt all the time.  Sometimes there is so much pain I can hardly lift my arm.
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Hi, I have a daughter that came to me with a lump in her breast and she has noticed it while back and she ignored it. Well she came to me because it is has started to become sore . I told her not to worry she is probably due to growing she is 17 years old .but I haven't seen this before and don't really know if its to growing or not . Should I be worried or let this go isn't she too young for finding lumps ?? IShe seemed to really be worried about this but I reassured her it was nothing. But I'm not so sure.??I'm a worry wort so I try to tell myself its no big deal but I am getting real concerned.
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If you're really worried, why don't you take her in to see her physician.  At her age I would assume it's nothing.....but I would check just to be sure.
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I did and the dr. is having a ultra sound done and she also found another one.(lump) But she said she wouldn't know until the test is done. So I guess we just have to wait and see. She told us not to worry right now because there are all sorts of cysts that it might be but she was concerened that it was so large and that it was hard. Its just hard not to worry but we are thinking positive.And more than likely everything will be fine.
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hello i am 27 yrs old and i found my breast sore a couple of days ago i noticed that the top of my right breast was sore, i looked in the mirror and noticed and felt that the top of my aerola has some bumps on the top of it and it's kind of tender to the touch my question is what could it be?
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I am 44 yrs. old. I found a lump about the size of a peanut on my left lower breast. It is hard and has an uneven boarder. It is movable but attached on the bottom. My physican said it looked like a node and ordered a mammogram and a diagnostic ultra sound.
The radiologist said it was a lymph node and it looked like some solid and a bit of fluid inside of it. He recommened a biospy. I need to wait three weeks before they can get me in to have the lump removed.
I am a single mother with two young children and my imagination gets carried away with me. I know I shouldn't worry but I can't get my thoughts away from the possibililty of the lump being cancerous. I have a need to know the facts.
What does this lump sound like to you?
Thank-you so much
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