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Forum: Not Diagnosed but Worried — Meet others worried about developing breast cancer for the first time.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011 12:17AM

jesca8426 wrote:

Hi everyone!!!! I am 25 and about a month ago I noticed a lump in my right armpit. Of course I am worried. I never really thought anything about it, but I can recall having a dull pain that feels like it is behind my right breast, if that makes sense. Am I just overreacting?

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Apr 28, 2011 01:15AM JBinOK wrote:

I would see a doctor ASAP.  It might not be breast cancer, but it is something.  You need to find out what that something is.

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Apr 28, 2011 01:22AM cookie97 wrote:

I agree, don't play around get this checked out ASAP. Don't want to scare you, but I'd run not walk to my nearest physician.

Peace and Love,

Edie

Dx 5/6/2010, IDC, Stage IV, Grade 3, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2011 01:26AM, edited Apr 28, 2011 01:27AM by LittleMelons

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Dx 8/18/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2011 01:27AM LittleMelons wrote:

jesca 8426

I agree with JBinOK that you should see a doctor soon.  It is likely a cyst or something benign, but is best to have it checked.  I had a number of benign lumps (cysts) when I was around your age, but always got them checked out ASAP to be sure.  All the best.  Please let us know what you find out

Dx 8/18/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2011 01:32AM jesca8426 wrote:

I was thinking it was possibly a swollen lymph node...or hoping rather. I did call my doctor yesterday who is squeezing me in this afternoon to check it out.

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Apr 28, 2011 06:25AM jesca8426 wrote:

Sooo, I went to my dr today who confirmed I do have a mass of some sort that is 3 cm by 2 cm and is the anxillary tail of my right breast. I am going to get a sonogram on Friday. Now I am worried.

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Apr 28, 2011 06:36AM pixelsupply wrote:

Bloody scary isn't it? You are incredibly brave and SMART for going to see your doctor!

The first hurdle is completed. The next will be the tests. Take lots of deep breaths. Its going to be okay. Your in someone's care now. People are looking out for you. Let them.

Listen, learn and communicate with all your doctor's. Get second opinions..its your health your life and your body! 

You have support here if you need it. Take care!

Dx 5/21/2010, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIb, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2011 07:06AM LittleMelons wrote:

jesca8426

That's great that you went to the doctor and got the ball rolling.  Friday is not far away.  Hopefully, they will give you some results on Friday...you could ask for them anyway.  Try not to worry too much. You may well have a fibroadenoma which is the most common breast tumour in women under 30.  They can be fairly large.  Take care and let us know how you are doing.

Dx 8/18/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 7, 2011 03:12AM Joan wrote:

I saw the post here, and thought of asking some questions. Is it safe to have lumpy breasts? I have one right under my armpit on the left hand side. What happens is that I have been having it coming to one year soon. However, is due to ultrasound on this coming July. Is it safe to have this lump or lumpy breasts? Definately, can feel the shape and while feeling the lump, I feel painful, right from the inside tissue, is like rolling a very small ball around the armpit. Hope that i could have some feeds back for this question. Thanks.

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May 7, 2011 08:06AM kehjj04 wrote:

hope you got some good news today at your ultrasound. ((hugs))

Blessed to have all B9 results in the past. Praying for all B9 findings in the future.

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May 7, 2011 08:37AM InTwoPlaces wrote:

Joan,

you should have this checked out! Not to scare you, but I discovered my lump in my armpit, not in my breast and it was a tumor.

Don't wait until July, check it out  ASAP! One year is far too long already!

Dx 9/16/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 7/29 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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May 7, 2011 08:45AM browniefranks wrote:

Please make sure you get a biopsy! That's the ONLY way to determine if it's cancer or not. Ultrasound and mammograms are detection tools only. One year is too long to wait. It could save your life.

Dx 3/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 03/23/2011 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 03/23/2011 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 04/05/2011 Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 09/04/2011 External, 3-D conformal external beam radiationHormonal Therapy 01/12/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 01/16/2014 Mastectomy (Both)Surgery 01/16/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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May 7, 2011 02:11PM Joan wrote:

I had one cut out around my breast area. But, luckily, it wasn't cancer. More of like an infection. So, I thought that I might be having the same problem with this around  my armpit area. Have anyone of you able to feel whether you have cancer or not? Or, must see the specialist in order to know about having cancer? I know its stupid for me to ask this, but, I really do not know much about cancer. Thanks all.

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May 8, 2011 05:31AM, edited May 8, 2011 05:33AM by browniefranks

Over the last 10 years, I have had 6 lumps in my right breast and armpit area. Upon biopsy, only one that extended from the breast to the armpit was cancer, grade 2, stage IIA IDC. 5 were fibroadenoma. By ultrasound, they had similar morphology. Under MRI with contrast two had identical morphology!  My cancer was caught at a very treatable stage. I have a friend with a similar story as mine who is Stage IVB with metastasis because she did not go for the biopsy, until she had back pain.  Please just go for the biopsy and if it's not cancer at least you know! You cannot feel if you have cancer, unless you have a gift that I would like to patent or purchase.  Breast cancer in women under 40 tends to be more aggressive if left undiagnosed, so PLEASE get it diagnosed ASAP.

Dx 3/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 03/23/2011 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 03/23/2011 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 04/05/2011 Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 09/04/2011 External, 3-D conformal external beam radiationHormonal Therapy 01/12/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 01/16/2014 Mastectomy (Both)Surgery 01/16/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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May 8, 2011 10:55AM villandra wrote:

A lump under your arm isn't necessarily breast cancer.   I'd start with your GP.   It could more easily be an enlarged lymph node from a virus, a bacterial infection (could be a skin infection, a cold, or mono, or eight million other possibilities).    It is common to have pea sized enlarged lymph nodes on the body.   I have four or five of them.    My doctors have always said to worry if I suddenly have alot of them.   

Apparently a lump under the breast CAN be breast cancer.  It can also be a benign fatty tumor, which is usually easy enough to diagnose from the way it looks and feels.   Or a cyst.  

From my own current experience I wonder if for some bizarre reason doctors are currently doing too much worrying about women's enlarged lymph nodes under the arm.   My doctors are all panicking about a pea-sized lymph node I've had for 30 YEARS.   I think if it were cancer it would have done something by now.  Technician told me the radiologist might have me back to do more testing just because it is "a lump".    It's been there for 30 years keeps going in one ear and out the other.  

Now I heard you say your lump has been there for a month, but I'd not panic just yet. 

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May 8, 2011 11:39AM, edited May 8, 2011 11:44AM by browniefranks

Villandra, a 30 year old lump that does not change in morphology is probably good, and unlikely to be cancer otherwise if it's cancer, hopefully it's slow growing. A 2 week lump that is changing, moving and growing is not a good thing! Getting a biopsy and appropriate tests done is not panicking, it's just prudent. A friend detected a lump at 34 years old, 8 years ago, she was told it was called fibrocyst by mammogram and she was told to relax! 3 years later, she had back pain, turns out she now had stage IV breast cancer with bone mets. She is now 5 years NED. Another friend at detected her lump at 27, was not diagnosed for 4 years and she died at 32 years old. Look cannot differentiate between cancer and benign lumps in young women who normally have denser breasts. Postmenopausal women is another story. 

Joan just make sure you get the best doctors in your corner! Also do not panic just do the tests and hope for the best! By the way my fibroadenomas were not painful but the cancerous lump was uncomfortable and painful. My radiologist said that it was unlikely to be cancer because of the pain and morphology, but it was! Trust yourself and take care of your health.

Dx 3/3/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 03/23/2011 Lumpectomy (Right)Surgery 03/23/2011 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right)Chemotherapy 04/05/2011 Cytoxan, TaxotereRadiation Therapy 09/04/2011 External, 3-D conformal external beam radiationHormonal Therapy 01/12/2012 TamoxifenSurgery 01/16/2014 Mastectomy (Both)Surgery 01/16/2014 Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)
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May 8, 2011 12:31PM, edited May 8, 2011 12:32PM by Maybe484

I do not wish to alarm anyone, but the hard, pea-sized lump I found in the middle of my armpit was originally diagnosed as a sebaceous cyst or inflamed lymph node.  When it was removed three months later because it had increased in size, the surgeon was "shocked" to read the pathology report of invasive carcinoma.  I am now facing a second surgery and who-knows-what.  My advice is to get any underarm lump checked out immediately.  Also, if anyone else has experience with a primary tumor in their armpit, I'd appreciate hearing from you in the thread I started in the "Just Diagnosed" forum.