Thanks for reading this. A little background: I am scheduled for a mammo and CT of my left axilla tomorrow. I had a small raised patch on my nipple (told it was nothing), then my nipple started retracting. Not sure if it would be considered inverted, but when relaxed, there would be a line in the center of the nipple - overall it would still point out, but with the line. I would also get what's best described as a stinging sensation in my nipple/areola, an increased sensitivity. It would come and go. Again, told it was nothing. Now, I have a lump under my arm. Thw whole time, I never felt a lump under my nipple or in my breast area.
But, here are my questions: Do lumps always feel round and hard? I've heard people mention like a pea or a marble. Can you actually feel around the whole lump to know it's perfectly round? Now, when I feel in the upper outer quadrant, I feel what is like a swollen vein. For lack of a better term, it's like a speedbump - flat, then raised, then flat. But, I don't feel a completely round thing. It is more like a worm more than a marble. If I feel in my other breast, I do feel something similar in the same area, although it's not as pronounced (raised or swollen). Could cancer lumps present themselves that way?
Also, with the lump under my arm, can you help in describing what is hard vs. rubbery, fixed vs. movable? When I push down on it, it will kind of pop to one side of my finger, but doesn't "float" around freely under my arm. Not sure if that's considered fixed?
Thanks in advance for your attention and responses!!!