Q. Does my wife have breast cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Sivaprakash Rathinasamy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 09, 2016 and last reviewed on: Aug 04, 2020

Hi doctor,

My wife noticed a small lump in the left armpit. We went to a gynecologist and she said nothing to worry as the lump was painful. With her medicines, the lump became small, but did not completely vanish. So, we went to a general surgeon. She found two lumps in the breast and referred for a scan. My wife has been taking Vitamin D supplements for the past two months and it was prescribed by an orthopedician. I have enclosed her reports. Does my wife have breast cancer?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • As per your scan report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is not cancer. It is a type of tumor in breast, which can occur commonly in this age group.
  • It will not turn malignant. If you want to double confirm, then ask your doctor for FNAC needle test (fine needle aspiration cytology).
  • It needs surgical removal only if the size increase or it is painful.

The Probable causes:

Hormonal and developmental.

Investigations to be done:

FNAC optional.

Treatment plan:


Regarding follow up:

For further doubts consult a surgical oncologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/surgical-oncologist

Thank you doctor,

We feel some relief from your answer. We are going to show this report to our doctor tomorrow. Can this be cured by medicine?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • No, it will not respond to medicines.
  • It may subside after menopause or due course of time. If symptomatic, then surgical removal is needed.

For further information consult a surgical oncologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/surgical-oncologist

Thank you doctor,

I am enclosing the FNAC report of my wife's left breast. Please have a look and convey your opinion.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • FNAC shows no malignancy. So, be on regular followup with the doctor six monthly.

For further information consult a surgical oncologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/surgical-oncologist

Thank you doctor,

It has been a great relief for us. Is it required to do excision and histopathology correlation as per the scanning report? Will this benign lead to breast cancer?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • You can follow up once in six months if no symptoms like pain and increasing size.
  • It will not become cancerous. But, the risk of cancer developing from other parts of the breast will be the same as other women.

For further doubts consult a surgical oncologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/surgical-oncologist

Doctor, this is follow up scanning report. What is the difference between previous report and present one. Is the benign increased in size.
# Hi
Looks same or reduced only.. kindly followup with your local surgeon hereafter..

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