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ask: I had a breast reduction about 3yrs ago. Before the surgery a lymph node was found on my right breast. My surgeon was not concerned but now I have to have a mammo and ultra souns every six months. I am 31 yrs old with no history of cancer in my family.

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My PCP found a lump on the outside of my right breast its not tender and she said that my breast feels very full and almost swollen. I am going for a mammo and ultra sound tomorrow and just a little nervous cause any other lumps that I have felt have been tender and this one is not. Just wondering if it could be that lymph node being swollen?

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anonymous,

What do you mean by all other lymph nodes have been tender? Have they all been painful? Usually, if you have a swollen lymph node you don't want it to be tender (bothersome or painful) or fixed because this could be a sign of malignancy. 

Try to remain calm, the swelling on your breast could be due to the lymph node but what is important is that your doctor is being proactive with mammograms every 6 months. Please keep us updated on your results.

Good Luck,

Rosa

February 20, 2012 - 6:42am
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