I'm actually posting for my mother, whom I'm very concerned about. Hope this community may be so kind as to provide me some insight regarding her current situation -
Back in July, and not to get "TMI" or anything, but she was physically involved with a man. During one of their intimate moments, he had grabbed her left breast (and hard). A day later, she had noticed quite a bit of bruising on/around the area grabbed. Approx 1 week later, same breast felt hard in comparison to the other and she made an appointment with her PCP.
PCP advised it was likely due to the incident above, and to apply a warm compress (which my mother did). The firmness seemed to have dissipated little, however my mother did not keep up with applying the compresses. Just this past month or-so, the firm/tightness came back.
I was asked by my mother to give her an unbiased (if you will) exam. (Understand - growing up in a household of just women, this was not at all "ew" or weird - I mean, she IS my mother, besides.) I am not a medical professional, but comparing right from left breast when examining, I could definitely feel a difference. The same breast that has presented her problems didn't feel lumpy, but where, I think, the nipple ducts are, it felt as though the area was raised. Hard. Firm. Fixed. Whereas the right breast felt normal - soft and had give along the tissue.
My mother went back to her PCP this afternoon who suggested that it could possibly be a hematoma due to trauma, but did order a script for a mammogram and ultrasound of the breast. And now the waiting game...
I guess my question is this, and I know it hard to say, but what are or could be the chances this is breast cancer and NOT a hematoma? I'm terrified. My mother's terrified - leading herself to panic attacks. I feel helpless as I do not have the answers for my mother, nor how to put her mind at ease other than provide my utmost support.