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Breast Lump

A breast lump occurs as swelling or protuberance or a bulge or a bump in the breast that appears different from the breast tissue. The causes are infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cyst, fat necrosis, and breast cancer. It is necessary to have a physical examination by consulting a doctor while having changes in the breast. Taking a Mammogram and ultrasound help to diagnose the abnormalities of the breast. Treatment depends on the cause. If it occurs due to infection, antibiotics are taken to treat it. If it occurs due to breast cancer, they are treated by doing chemotherapy and mastectomy.

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My mother has developed a lump above her breast and below the collar bone. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My mother is ill, and there is a lump above the breast below the collarbone on the left side. It is very sore and red, and the size is approximately 4 mm by 5 mm. She is suffering from pain in the abdomen, which was diagnosed as an ulcer. She can not lift her arm above her head and has a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Robert Hugh Shapiro

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In summary, I would be most concerned that the cause of these symptoms is an infection, with or without cancer being involved. The lump could be an infection that has now possibly spread to the rest of the body, causing fever and possibly bei...  Read Full »

I am an 18-year-old female with a non-tender lump in my breast. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old female, and I found a lump in my breast about a year ago. It is not getting bigger or smaller and does not hurt or move. However, I sometimes have back and chest pain, and it is hard to breathe. Also, I get dizzy if I stand up for a long time and have fluid in my left ...  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are right. At this young age chance of cancer are less. Kindly mention the size of your lump to discuss further. I suggest you first investigate with a USG (ultrasound) scan for breast lump and then FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) to rule out the nature of...  Read Full »

My sonomammogram shows a little mass. What can it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old female with no history of breast cancer in the family. I had my first mammogram four years back with no findings. Six months back, I had my second mammogram and sonomammogram that showed a little mass, possibly benign in nature. Six months later, as recommended, I had a...  Read Full »


Dr. Ruchi Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. As per the reports attached (attachment removed to protect patient's identity), the nodule is well-circumscribed without any microcalcifications. It is not causing adjacent architectural distortion; therefore, it ap...  Read Full »

Antibiotics reduce my breast lump, but it is still sore. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. My BMI is 22, I am a non-smoker with no ongoing conditions like diabetes. I am not breastfeeding and have never been pregnant. I developed mastitis very suddenly about three weeks ago, by that evening I was in A and E with a lump the size of an egg in one bre...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me assure you that there are no cancers which come suddenly and settles with antibiotics. Breast cancer which progresses over a few period is inflammatory carcinoma of the breast but it does not come in days and settle with antibiotics. You have a breast abscess ...  Read Full »

Is my FNAC report suggestive of breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a lump on my breast that is painful. It is on the right breast, under the underarms. I was given vitamin E medicine, and I was told to get ultrasound and FNAC. I have attached both my reports. The reports say FNAC smear prepared from right breast reveal abundant neutrophils admixed...  Read Full »


Dr. Andrew Chellakumar Fenn

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com.As per your FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the lesion looks suggestive of a breast abscess and not suggestive of a breast cancer. But FNAC is not confirmatory. Your ultrasound report was not attached. You n...  Read Full »

I have a small-sized BI-RADS III lesion. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a breast MRI two months ago, a routine screening due to BRCA1 status. There was a non-mass lesion seen on the left breast which the radiologist said was stable for three years. On the right breast, there were three foci seen, two measuring 5 mm and one 3 mm. The 5 mm foci have be...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. A BI-RADS III (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) means the lesion has a high probability of being benign and something which is not of a serious concern. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a detailed test and has good accuracy. However, a suspected BI-...  Read Full »

I have a non-growing lump in left nipple for about 10 years. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump behind my left nipple for around 10 years. It is a painless and hard lump which is just behind the nipple, and it seems to be round in shape and is about more than 1 cm in size. It is not growing and is of fixed size. I also notice skin discoloration on the breast like s...  Read Full »


Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks all these lesions are benign (non-cancerous). This small lump which is there for 10 years is certainly benign as cancerous lump grows and spreads. Regarding skin discoloration looking like melanin patches and fluid lumps. You have not mentioned the details ...  Read Full »

I have a painful lump in my left breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 35 years old, and I have a lump in my left breast, which is painful sometimes. The nature of the pain is sharp and pricking. There is no redness of the skin and outward skin. But I am afraid it could be cancer later. What test can I do to diagnose my health condition? How can I pr...  Read Full »


Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Breast cancer is usually painless in the initial stages and becomes painful later on; along with it, there is puckering, or you can say there is a shrinkage of the nipple and by palpation by our hands you can feel the lump in your breast. T...  Read Full »

I have white discharge and red lumps in my breast. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 44 years old. I have rheumatoid arthritis. I cannot walk, so somebody lifts me every day to the restroom. Recently I noticed a lump on my breast; it is red, and white liquid leaks when pressed my nipples, but I do not have any pain. The shape and texture of the breast are normal. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Albana Greca

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, you should consult a physician, as it might be infected like breast nodes (mastitis). In such cases, antibiotics are prescribed. Meanwhile, keep good local hygiene. Do not squeeze that node. Apply alternating warm and cold compresses. I wish fast recovery.  Read Full »

I have mammary duct ectasia with chronic mastitis. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 33 years old female. Before four years, I had a baby girl but she never did breastfeeding on my left breast. Now before one month, I have noticed I have breast lump which is never painful for me. I had reduced my weight to 8 to 10 kg from last 10 months. That is the only symptom th...  Read Full »


Dr. Noushif. M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First of all, you can relax well as there is nothing to worry with this report (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The breast lump excision biopsy (the removed lump) has no evidence of cancerous tissue. It has evidence of inflammation and infection. Now fe...  Read Full »

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