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Breast Lumps - Self Examination

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Breast self-examination (BSE)

A breast self-examination (BSE) is a simple way of detecting changes in the breasts.

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Sometimes, these changes could indicate malignanacy; therefore BSE could well be a life- saving procedure that helps to detect breast cancer at an early stage. It may be carried out once in a month.

Expert opinion is, however, divided over this suggestion. The American Cancer Society, which for years has maintained that all women do BSE, now recommend that all women above age 40 do a yearly mammogram while BSE is optional.

However, BSE needs to be carried out properly after being guided by an expert.

A recent trial study in Shanghai, China, that involved more than 250,000 women did not indicate that BSE helped to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths.

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The following is a list of potential conditions that present as breast lumps and how they “feel”-

  • Cysts - When lumps feels smooth, squishy, move around or change size.
  • Pseudo-lumps- When the lumps are hard to feel, not easily movable and does not change size or shape.
  • Fibroadenomas - When the lumps are round and firm and move around during BSE.
  • Breast cancer - When the lump has an irregular shape (not round) with a pebble-like surface, hard and immovable.
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tracycor

I have Fibroadadenosis...pain in my brests before a period some time two weeks before..both brests swell and hurt to touch. I had a course for facial boils i my thirtys and when on to Accutane i had NO syptoms for three months? i did report this to my GP at the time. How ever this drug is only short term usage and can be dangerous for pregnant ladies.

ss810

hi i am 25 year old unmarried. i had found lump in my right breast in january 2005 than a operation was done in oct. 2006. it was a fibroadenoma. after that i had diagnosed wih PCOD in right overy in june 2009. than in may 2011 i found a lump in my left breast near nipple and the same time found white nipple discharge i m on cabgolin .25 tab from last 7 munths. now the size of lump is about 2 cm. and some time i feel a sharpe pain in breast. my surgen again advised me for surgery but i dont understand is it right to go for a surgery right now or not please help me. and thanks

PAKumar

Hi My wife has been diagnosed with Hypoechoic lesion left inner quadrant size 13.7x12.7mm Reveals soft tissue lesion and rest of the all quadrants appear normal.The Impression by the Doctor is"Cyst chest left inner quadrants' advised for Excision biopsy. What will be the estimated cost for this? Pls guide me.

Dr.sajeevKumar

My daughter was diagnosed to have fibroadenosis following a small lump in breast. It was surgically removed and biopsy showed fibroadenoma. Could a better diagnostic method could have avoided surgery and was it unnecessary as even fibro adenoma can followed up as she is only 20 years old????

sangfroid

is the surgery of breast lump included in insurance policies[mediclaim]??

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