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I am 27 years old. Recently I have had a hard lump on the right side of my right breast that is near my armpit. It is hard and rough. I also have swelling above my breast in the area where my arm meets my chest. It gets kind of sore when I extend my arm too much. I went to the Dr about 3 months ago but they disregarded it as swollen lymph nodes. I went back to the Dr 2 days ago she felt the lump but was puzzled at the swelling. I have now been referred to get a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound on Friday and I am very concerned. Also I was going to the tanner but the pigment in this area has not darkened. Could all this be a sign of breast cancer, if so what kind?

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replied October 9th, 2009
Breasts Answer A7489
Almsot any lump in the breast can be a breast cancer, although, fortunately, breast cancer is quite uncommon in women your age, and most breast lumps in women who are in their 20s turn out to be benign.

Unfortunately, one cannot accurately tell if small lumps in the breast are cancerous (or not) simply by looking at them or feeling them. So, a mammogram and ultrasound are appropriate diagnostic studies in your case.

As you are concerned about the possibility of cancer, I cannot help but to note that you are a smoker. Smoking is the #1 cause of preventable cases of cancer in the world. Secondly, your use of tanning salons will also put you at increased risk of developing skin cancer, including melanoma (which is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer).

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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