Patient Comments: Breast Lumps In Women - Diagnosis

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Please describe the diagnosis of the breast lumps in your breast(s). Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Kdj, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 26

I discovered only blood lumps in my breast, not even a single clot of pus. But there is too much pain in my lump and I even can't wear bra. Being touched by cloth is also painful. As the doctor prescribed, I am taking Augmentin and Panadol but I still have pain.

Comment from: SandiBeach, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

Over 10 years ago, I had injured my right breast by accidentally stabbing with a stake in the ground. Yes, I just bent over and hit it hard. I then found a good size (plum) lump on top of my right breast about a year later. My regular doctor said it was movable and I shouldn't worry. I decided to take her advice and it went away about a year or so later. No issues at all. Then about 3 or 4 years ago I sort of did the same thing, only ran into the end/top of my dining chair which hit me under my left breast. I think I might have done this 4 or 5 times at least. The last time it was so painful, it had me rolling on the floor. Then about a year or so later, I found a lump in that same spot! I have waited for it to go away but it is still there, the same size about 8 months later. I am making an appointment with my doctor and going to do all the necessary tests to make sure it is just a lump. And I do have breast implants which I got when I was 18 and I'm now 60. Who knows!

Comment from: Thip, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

I found lumps on my left breast 6 months ago. I went to see the doctor and he sent me to a breast clinic to get a mammogram and ultrasound done. The doctor came in and told me it was nothing to worry about but didn't tell me what it was. I continue finding more lumps and bigger also, so painful. Just recently I found more lumps on my right breast. So I went back to see my doctor and he sent me back to get another mammogram and ultrasound. When I got to the clinic the clerk refused to make an appointment, she said it was too soon and there was nothing they can do to help me. I don't know what I should do at this point. They refused to help and the doctor didn't tell why I have these lumps. I still don't have any clue what kind of lumps are growing inside both my breasts. I am feeling very frustrated and angry.

Comment from: giel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 15

After reading almost all the stories here on, I have been worried on my breast lump and the pain I feel and all the symptoms, that it might be a breast cancer. In February 2015 I finally went to see my general physician (GP). At first she said she thought it was nothing, it was so small she hardly could feel it. She didn't feel actually but I took her finger and let her feel the lump and she said it might be because of my period being almost due. I went back home and started to make myself relax. My period is over but I am still in pain that goes to my armpit into my collar bone, my shoulder and in my hands. So I went back to her again on March 4, 2015 and this time I asked if I could go at least for an ultrasound, and she gave an appointment. I called my insurance and set an ultrasound over a Monday. I waited to get an appointment last Sunday, April 12, 2015. The radiologist said I have a 5 mm suspicious tumor that needed a biopsy as soon as possible! He asked me to go back to my GP and set an appointment with a breast surgeon. I am scared but who wouldn’t be when you hear of tumor.

Comment from: Lumpy Lucy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

Twenty years ago, when I was 23, I was pregnant with my first child and found a lump in my right breast. The lump was not painful, nor did it have any swelling or redness typical for mastitis. Despite that, my doctor tentatively diagnosed it as such and told me to wait until after the baby was born and I started nursing for the lump to go away. Needless to say, the lump continued to grow while still remaining asymptomatic. When my baby was three weeks old, I initiated another visit which culminated in a mammogram. I could tell during the procedure that the technicians were disturbed by what they saw. However, my doctor still claimed I had nothing to worry about, so I requested a second opinion. The next doctored scheduled a biopsy. Thankfully, the tumor was nothing more than a fibroadenoma. What had concerned them was the fact that it had shown calcification in the center, which is a sign of cancer. Apparently they deducted that the calcification was due to the tumor being so large (the size of a pear) and dying off in the middle. Fast forward twenty years and a ton of self-breast exams. I found a small mass in my right breast last night. This one feels different than the lump I had removed and vastly different than my typically fibrous breast tissue. It's pea sized and static, meaning it feels attached to the tissue around it rather than being moveable like fibrous tissue. So, I called the doctor this morning and scheduled an appointment for tomorrow along with a mammogram. I guess I'm thankful for the first tumor in that I learned to take control instead of simply letting the doctor 'assure' me everything was normal when I knew it wasn't. I suspect that if the doctor doesn't ask for an ultrasound or biopsy, I will. As an aside, the doctor all those years ago held onto the ideal that a) I was too young to worry about it, b) nobody in my immediate family had any history of breast cancer, and c) I was low risk due to not drinking, smoking or being on the pill. While it turned out to be a benign tumor, it still increased my chances of more tumors due to the calcification factor. I don't think I would have been as vigilant with self-exams had I not had that history to remind me. We shall see what tomorrow brings.

Comment from: Arah, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 27

The left side of my breast pains a lot.

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Comment from: Clbouchie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

Last couple years my cup size went from a DD to a K with weight loss. Last couple months the right breast especially has been extremely lumpy, and I get a shooting pain that takes my breath away. The left one has burning pain at the side. Tomorrow I am having a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound to try to determine what is going on.

Comment from: Pete, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

I am breast feeding and my baby is 3 months old. I have a lump on my left side which is very painful and can make my breasts look swollen. At times it feels like there's a razor blade cutting it from the inside and at times it feels like it's pulling painfully.

Comment from: Gmatwice, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I discovered a painful lump on Sunday and wrote a note in my chart to my doctor. I had an appointment Monday. On Friday I had a diagnostic mammogram and Doppler and on the next Tuesday I had a biopsy done and the next day got the results, benign. I was put on antibiotics and saw a breast surgeon the next Wednesday and the lump is shrinking. It all went so fast, I didn't have time to think.

Comment from: halesmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am a 53-year-old, recently menopausal woman, who was diagnosed with cellulitis of the right breast four weeks ago. I took antibiotics for 20 days and all signs of infection had disappeared six or seven days before I finished the medicine. I was left with a hard lump, which does not move and does not hurt. Both ultrasounds I have had do not suggest cancer, neither does the diagnostic mammogram. The mammo report says further testing is required; however, my doctor, a breast surgeon, has decided to wait another month because she says hard tissue can remain after an infection, and she thinks that is what this is. Basically, that means if the lump is still there in another month, I will finally get a biopsy and should it show something, I will have wasted nine weeks of treatment time because my lump isn't usual. To doctors who may read this: Don't torture your patients. If a lump is present without infection, or as in my case, if there is no reason for the infection, do a biopsy right away for the peace of mind it can bring. The Internet is full of stories of women who were assured from a mammogram and an ultrasound that they were fine.

Comment from: Unsure, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 27

I am 53 years old. I have been post-menopausal since November 2012. My last mammogram was in April 2017. The results of the mammogram read ‘excessively dense breasts, some calcifications noted in the left breast, overall fine.' However, as of November 8th, I found 2 lumps in my right breast. I thought it was probably nothing and that I was imagining things. A week later, hard, non-movable lumps (no pain or tenderness) were still there. I called my doctor. They were palpable to him, too. He is sending me for another mammogram and said he will refer me to a breast surgeon no matter whether the test results are positive or negative. I am wondering if I shouldn't be sent for a diagnostic mammogram followed by an ultrasound. Something is definitely there in my right breast. I'm wondering if my doctor is following the correct protocol for possible pre-cancer or cancer.

Comment from: vktouria, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

My histopathology report of excisional biopsy of breast lump says the following: Clinical details: fibroadenoma. Macroscopy: Specimen consists of multinodular greyish yellow tissue measuring 6.5x4.5x1.5cm. Cut sections show nodular greyish yellow surface with focal hemorrhagic area. Processed whole. Microscopy: Histologic sections of breast tissue show proliferating monomorphic but atypical epithelial cells disposed in cribriform and micropapillary pattern. These malignant cells are also seen directly infiltrating the stroma as small nests and glands. No necrosis is seen but few abnormal mitoses are discernible. Diagnosis: invasive ductal carcinoma Nottingham Grading System Grade 2.

Comment from: Debra, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I did self-examination this morning. I felt a mass in the lower bottom of my breast. I've had a benign cyst removed before when I was much younger.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

I'm a 45 year old mother. I had a mammo done in late December of 2009. A lump was found on my right breast 1.5 cm. The breast ultrasound confirmed it required further attention. I was sent to get it biopsied. The biopsy did not hit a malignancy, however was undeterminable. It is recommended I have it removed. I am scheduled to meet and discuss the procedure with my breast surgeon on 2/17/2010. 2 months have passed since the Mammo, still not sure what I have, the pathology report called it an undetermined neoplasm -- the doctor who did the biopsy said it may be a phyllode tumor. Phyllode Tumors are considered a form of Breast Cancer even if benign. The process just takes too long to determine. It causes too much stress on me and my family. There should be a faster way to get results and things done.

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Comment from: Kim D, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I just turned 40 this year and found a lump in my left breast. I scheduled my annual exam and was then scheduled a diagnostic mammogram (rather than just a screening mammogram). They performed an ultrasound at the same time. I was told that there was density and it was probably just a fibroadenoma but would need a biopsy to be sure. I had the biopsy and that was all that it was. But that time waiting is excruciating! Reading articles like on MedicineNet was helpful to try to prepare mentally for various outcomes.

Comment from: CTC, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was recently diagnosed with a benign brain tumor that increased my prolactin hormone. I discovered that while on the medication that my breast had gotten sensitive and feels slightly abnormal on the inside. I have had physicals where my family doctor initiated a breast exam on a yearly basis. But I feel abnormalities such as a mass nearly the same size of my breast. I have not had a discharge but I still produce milk from my breast. When I ask my endocrinologist about the medication that I am taking maybe the milk is drying up and she does not know and told me to see an OB/GYN.

Comment from: suzieqqqqx, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I was diagnosed with breast cancer nine months after I was told I only had cysts. That hospital did not do a biopsy, only a mammogram and ultrasound. Nine months later I was referred by a different doctor to a different hospital that did lots of tests, a mammogram, an ultrasound, and a needle biopsy. I was told they found a total of seven tumors via the biopsy, and I would need to have my breast removed. I wonder if those seven tumors grew in the nine months that I was absent from that first hospital or if they were there previously but misdiagnosed as cysts.

Comment from: Nicole15, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I am 25 year old and found a lump in my right breast. No pain, and it is not visible from the outside but you can definitely feel it. There is history of breast cancer in my family so I am going to get a mammogram and ultrasound to diagnose it.

Comment from: Barbara, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I started having very tender feeling almost like pain in my nipples and then I felt a lump in my left breast. It grew overnight and it has a bruise showing on the outside under the nipple where the lump is.

Comment from: Jordan j, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

My partner found a lump in her breast months ago and has only just seen a doctor and is now really worried.

Comment from: jay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

My breast lump is under the breast, inside and now a bit painful because I'm weaning off my baby.

Comment from: hotlantagal, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had a small lump about size of acorn over 2 years ago and it has increased in size a lot. It’s not really painful, I’m 52 and menopausal, I do have implants, and I can squeeze dark fluid out of both nipples.

Comment from: Heidi, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I am 30 and found a lump in my breast 3 weeks ago and thought nothing of if, as I have endometriosis and thought it was maybe hormonal! A few days ago I told my obstetrician and he said I must to go to my general physician (GP). The GP has referred me to the breast clinic, so I am now terrified. It"s in my right breast, it"s a hard pea size with an inch stem! The waiting is extremely worrying for me, all I can think about is my children!

Comment from: brownricegirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I turn 39 this year and have recently found a large lump in my right breast associated with mild pain. I have no family history and have had no reason to have a mammogram; until now. I had a diagnostic mammogram. I am scheduled for a consult for biopsy Monday, of which I just wish they would just perform a FNB the same day. Is that asking too much? Personally, I'm not stressed. I'm not worried about the outcome. I just want to prepare my family for the unknown. The time it takes to go from one doc to the other for just a consult is ridiculous.

Comment from: aking, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I had a biopsy performed in mid-February on a small lump in my right breast. It came back non-cancerous. The lump has grown in size, and my second biopsy showed a small amount of cancer cells.

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Comment from: jean, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I have been diagnosed with breast cancer twice. The first time was in 1997 and the second time was 11 yrs later. both times the lump was picked up by a scan. Lucky for me both times it was picked up in the early stages. I have regular mammograms every six months.

Comment from: Female (Caregiver) Published: April 20

My Mom recently found a lump in her breast, she set up an appointment with her doctor they tried drawing fluid from the lump with no luck 5-6 years ago she had found a lump in the same breast, surgery was immediate, lump was benign. We are waiting for a surgeon to get in touch with us to set up further procedures.

Comment from: Rebecca, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I never found a lump in my breast, but felt swollen under the arm pit. I went for a mammo and nothing was detected. The only way my cancer was detected was via a biopsy of the lymph nodes in the arm pit and a MRI. By then the mass was large and the nodes were positive for cancer. I underwent chemo for 18 weeks, a mastectomy 2 weeks later. (The pre MRI before surgery was very good in that the tumor had gone down to almost nothing.) However 7 of 14 lymph nodes that were removed were positive. My oncologist was surprised that there were positive lymph nodes after the chemo- Taxotere, Carbo & Herceptin). I am currently taking radiation with Xeloda. This method has had positive outcomes and I look forward to one.

Comment from: Mommakeithappen, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I'm a 40 year old mother of 4 and I have a lump on my left breast. I experience some annoying discomfort and went to my doctor that said I have density in that area. Today I did the mamo and sonogram of both breasts both lab techs said "don’t worry your fine". The lab tech said "you don't have cancer because you wouldn't have pain and you just have a lumpy breast". I thought lumpy breast was a major problem.

Comment from: Annie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I am a 60 year old women who was just recently diagnosed by mammogram and ultrasound with a 5mm nodule and 7 mm nodule left breast. The radiologist reported these areas to be suspicious. I told my PCP I would like these removed and biopsied. I was sent to a surgeon who said, "I need a biopsy" and sent me back to radiology to have a particular type of biopsy. When I was finally able to speak with a nurse (I think) at radiology I was told I would have a core need biopsy not the biopsy indicated by the surgeon. I cancelled the biopsy I was required to schedule before I spoke with anyone. I feel frustrated in that my providers are not communicating between themselves let alone with me. Under these circumstances I feel unready to proceed. Yes, I think these providers like to make money doing procedures that can cause more damage so they can do more procedures. That is the feeling I get from all of this. I really would like the whole thing sent to the lab so I know for sure. I guess that is too much to ask.

Comment from: Marla, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 20

I am 42 years old and found a painful lump about 3 inches in my right breast at the 3 o'clock position, last Wednesday and went for an ultrasound and mammogram which was inconclusive on solid mass or cyst. I went to a Breast surgeon on Monday and he was able to aspirate some fluid to test. I am awaiting the results and was told they will have they Thursday am. I am extremely anxious as even if it is not cancer I may need surgery to remove it. Will let you know.

Comment from: cat123, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I've had mammograms every six months for several years, since my breast tissue is dense. The last time I was told I could wait a year. When I had my mammogram done a year later, I was called back and told I had a lump. I had another diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound a week later and now I have to have a biopsy.

Comment from: waterloo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I am a 21 year old lady who has a lump on my right breast in a 1 o'clock position. it is very painful at times that i really cannot sleep. it causes me too much stress thinking that it is a cancer. i've been to a breast surgeon many times, but until now they can't give me an answer.

Comment from: grace, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I am a 22-year-old girl with a lump on the left nipple. It brings out blood sometimes. It is not painful.

Comment from: SDomiano, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

Parenchymal patterns is heterogeneously dense. This MSY obscure small lesions. There is a group of microcalcifications seen projected over the superior aspect of the left breast near the chest wall.

Comment from: Hope, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 18

I had a biopsy on a small lump in my left breast and it came back non cancerous. That lump was not real big and it did not hurt and I have had 2 more of the same kind of lumps in that same breast occur, but they have gone away on their own. I now have a large hard spot in my right breast and it is very painful and feels nothing like the other ones that I have had. My doctor that I went to for this pushed it under the rug, as it was nothing just probably the same thing as the others and he wants me to wait a month and see what it does and if it comes back.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 18

My right breast has a small lump that was red and looks like I had a bug bite, but it didn’t go away and then turns into looking like a bruise.

Comment from: Fed Up, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My doctor told me I had a lump in my left breast and that I should get an ultrasound and a mammogram. I said, "Hmmm.....I'm 37 years old, no family history of breast cancer, a nonsmoker, and overall very healthy. Lady, it sounds like you're just trying to use scare tactics to make money off of me, my Cadillac health insurance policy, and cover your butt all at the same time." The doctor was shocked at my bluntness. I'm sick and tired of doctors ordering tests that cost hundreds/thousands of dollars and cause you to lose sleep. I'm done with breast exams, doctors, and expensive tests. In my eyes, doctors have very little (if any) credibility anymore. It's all about the money, honey.

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