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A few weeks ago whilst I was in the shower I noticed a small

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A few weeks ago whilst I was in the shower I noticed a small hard lump under my right armpit. Do I need I worry? Should I ask m GP about it? What would they do? Just feel the lump or examine further I e the breast. Thanks
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Natasha replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Cameron :

hello

Dr. Cameron :

welcome to the chat

Dr. Cameron :

please type and hit reply

Dr. Cameron :

any other medical problems or medications?

Dr. Cameron :

Any redness of the breast?

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : Hi
Dr. Cameron :

hi

Dr. Cameron :

have you noticed any pain or redness of the breast?

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : No
Dr. Cameron :

okay

Dr. Cameron :

well, I am glad that you noticed this.

Dr. Cameron :

This could be the sign of a generalized viral infection

Dr. Cameron :

but axillary lymph nodes (the ones under the armpit) should be looked at by a physician

Dr. Cameron :

They will need to check out your breast and they will also need to check out the other lymph nodes

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : By feel or by looking and feeling?
Dr. Cameron :

As well as review your other symptoms.

Dr. Cameron :

Yes, looking and feeling.

Dr. Cameron :

The cause of an enlarged lymph node is MIAMI- malignancy, infection, autoimmune disease, iatrogenic (hospital caused)

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : So not cancer or anything bad
Dr. Cameron :

Here is a really great link:

Dr. Cameron :

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2002/1201/p2103.html

Dr. Cameron :

They will need to rule that out

Dr. Cameron :

1.1 percent are related to cancer, so the chance is very small- as well, you are quite young

Dr. Cameron :

but it is still good to be checked out

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : Ok not sure of should bother then....
Dr. Cameron :

Honestly, I would get it checked out

Dr. Cameron :

Besides, you are on the NHS, it doesn't cost money for you to see your doctor- only your time.

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : My GP is malr
JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : male even
Dr. Cameron :

You should see a female doctor- do you have a gynecologist?

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : No, I live in a rural area with a one GP practice. The one GP is male.
JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : Would he even be allowed to do it?!
Dr. Cameron :

well, they are professional and they will have a chaperone.

Dr. Cameron :

yes.

Dr. Cameron :

I have to examine guys too- I need a chaperone

Dr. Cameron :

this is standard

Dr. Cameron :

this is your health and he is a professioal

Dr. Cameron :

you can keep an eye on it and see if it changes, but it is hard to keep an eye on the arm pit nodes because they can be difficult to feel

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : Ok will think about it. Was sexually abused by a dr who was a family friend so it's not that easy
Dr. Cameron :

yikes

Dr. Cameron :

okay

Dr. Cameron :

think about it

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : just wanted to know if it was bad or not
Dr. Cameron :

keep me posted

Dr. Cameron :

1.1 chance it is bad

Dr. Cameron :

1.1%

Dr. Cameron :

you can decide if you want to take that risk or not- that is your decision to make, not mine

Dr. Cameron :

hello?

Dr. Cameron :

why did you rate this poor service?

Dr. Cameron :

are you still there?

Dr. Cameron :

why are you rating this poor service? I don't understand.

JACUSTOMER-1v7kbsql- : You are not answering my question
Dr. Cameron :

I did answer your question

Dr. Cameron :

Do you need to worry?

Dr. Cameron :

You have a 1.1% chance that this can be cancerous

Dr. Cameron :

For some people, that risk is too much.

Dr. Cameron :

For others, they would rather watch and wait

Dr. Cameron :

Personally, I would get it checked out

Dr. Cameron :

But you have a history of trauma, so you may want to watch and wait and see if it grows or if you develop other symptoms

Dr. Cameron :

Some people are limited by financial resources and cannot afford to see a doctor- so they would wait as well

Dr. Cameron :

I told you what they would do

Dr. Cameron :

They would take a history, visually and physically examine you

Dr. Cameron :

I have answered your question and spent quite a bit of time with you.

Dr. Cameron :

I don't know why you are unhappy with the service.

Dr. Cameron :

But rating me poorly is very unfair to me

Dr. Cameron :

well, good luck

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