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As you know I have a major fear of the "C" Word, and everything I feel I think is a lump. I was doing my self breast exam and I cant tell if what I am feeling is a lump or just tissue. It is right around between the middle of my armpit and my breast, like right above my breast. It feels oval and long and sometimes when I feel it it seems like it is going up and down and then sometimes it feels like it is sideways but more up and down. How can I tell if what I am feeling is just normal tissue or a lump
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
As you know I have a major fear of the "C" Word, and everything I feel I think is a lump. I was doing my self breast exam and I cant tell if what I am feeling is a lump or just tissue. It is right around between the middle of my armpit and my breast, like right above my breast. It feelsoval and long and sometimes when I feel it it seems like it is going up and down and then sometimes it feels like it is sideways but more up and down. How can I tell if what I am feeling is just normal tissue or a lump
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

when was your last mammogram?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I have not had a mammogram yet, plan on getting a physical and mammogram in May when I am able to take time off
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

That is the first step

physical exam is not reliable for cancerous tissue

but usually it is a hard mass

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
somewhat, is there anyway to describe what I would be looking for. Example can a dangerous lump be oval in shape or is there a way to tell the difference between what is normal and what is not. I have poked myself there trying to determine what it feels like that now I am sore.
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago
I will get back to you tonight
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
ok
Doctor: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 4 months ago

Yes, they can be oval

but concerning masses are usually rock hard

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