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Lumps in the breast and collar bone and breast cancer

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I about 3 months i found a lump in my breast its hard it doesnt move and it doesnt hurt now ijust notice lump on my carllor bone its bigger than the lump on my breast an its also hard an doesnt hurt could it be cancer


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replied March 24th, 2010
Breast Cancer Answer A10872


Given the data you provided (hard lump in the breast that does not hurt or move, hard lump in the collar bone that does not hurt), it cannot be determined for sure whether the condition is cancer or not.

Breast cancer might be detected as a lump in the breasts. It is not painful. If it is close to the surface, it might change the skin above. If it is close to the nipple it might change its position (not in center) or mucus or blood might come out of the nipple. Breast cancer might metastasize in the lymph nodes close to the breasts (in the armpit, close to the collar bone or in the lymph nodes that are inside the thoracic and abdominal cavity).

On the other hand, the symptoms you reported might be unrelated to breast cancer. For example, the lump you touched in the breast might be a cyst and the lump close to the collar bone might be an enlarged lymph node due to infection of tissue located near by (neck, shoulder and arm).

You might want to visit a thoracic surgeon for a physical examination and mammography. An ultrasound of the breasts might be needed. The doctor might decide to take a fine needle biopsy of the lump or surgically remove it completely and send it for microscopic analysis. If the results show that the lump was cancer, additional oncological treatment (chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy) might be needed.


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