I am a mom of 3. I stopped breastfeeding my youngest 2 years ago. in november of 2010 i noticed discharge from my right nipple. in december i noticed a lump in my right breast that didn't change or go away with my period. I went to the DR and had a mammogram and ultrasound. the radiologist was not very reassuring as she basically said that since the mass is there and i have no family history of breast cancer and because i was only 28 that she didn't think it was anything to worry about. when discussing the results with my gyno at my annual he believed the lump was from my underwire even though it is nowhere near the edge of my breast. a year later i am still leaking fluid and now believe my armpit has a swollen gland. the gland is visibly larger and i can feel it much more than in my left armpit. so my question is... do i need to get a second opinion on this or is it normal for an underwire to cause this lump and discharge to be normal even though my hormone levels are fine... thanks
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The armpit swelling could be the swelling in extension of breast tissue (axillary tail of breast) that gets active in few women. Other possibilities for the breast discharge includes PCOS, hyperprolactinemia, hormonal changes. It is difficult to comment on the underlying cause for the breast lump that you describe without further evaluation. Causes could be injury to breast tissue, fibroadenoma, cyst, fibrocystic changes, mastitis, cancer, etc. Do not delay your visit to your doctor/gynecologist or taking second opinion from another gynecologist. Look out for development of other symptoms like fever, radiating pain or worsening of pain, changes in skin covering breasts, changes in nipple, etc. If there has been history of breast cancer in your family, getting a screening mammogram along with tumor marker test done will be helpful to predict your chances of developing breast cancer. Biopsy done from the lump can help to prove cancerous/benign nature of the lump. Further treatment options would be discussed with your treating doctor/gynecologist based on examination findings and investigation results. Be in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/gynecologist and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately. Drink plenty of water. Take adequate rest. Maintain healthy diet and lifestyle.
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