I found a lump in my left armpit about 3 months ago, it is not painful and seems to remain the same size. I don't feel any noticible lumps in my breast , but the left one feels bumpier than the other. I don't have any other symptoms, except a little tenderness with the left breast. I am going to the doctor this week. Should I be concerned?FYI -I am a 41 year old female and have not been sick . the node seems to be the 2-3 cm or more.
Have you noticed some changes around your nipple?
Although, these signs you find can be benign, it is very important to visit a doctor.
Breast cancer can enlarge the armpit lymph nodes even when the breast itself seems perfectly normal.
If a certain area of concern is found by the mammogram, ultrasound is a good test to look at that. It also helps to tell the difference between cysts and solid masses without using a needle to draw out fluid.
When the tests show that you might have breast cancer, biopsy is done, because it's the only way to know for sure.
There is an incidence of about 15% false negative mammogram readings (the mammogram is negative, although the doctor has felt a discrete breast lump)
If this is a case, biopsy of a discrete lump needs to be performed.