I have a burning pain in the area of the under arm lymp node -- on both sides, but more severe on the right side. I am worried -- I do not notice a lump or swelling -- I have changed soaps, and I know in most instances breast cancer does not hurt -- I had occasionally had a deep pain - ache in the right breast -- I am a female 62 years old. Why is the pain on both sides? Please help me. What is your best opinion of what it is Thank you
I agree that breast cancer can present this way, and I would indeed investigate for lymph nodes in the armpit area.
I would suggest a mammogram, as well as imaging the axillary lymph nodes. The latter test can be done with an ultrasound and/or CT scan.
If there is a presence of a mass or lymph node, I would suggest a surgery referral to discuss a possible biopsy.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
Kevin Pho, M.D.
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