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Hi, thank you for your time and willingness to answer questions. My Mom, who is 72 years of age, noticed a large "dent" under her left breast approx. 3 weeks ago. I took her to the Doctor who ordered a mammogram and an ultrasound. The mammogram showed nothing, however, the ultrasound shows a suspicious mass (the Radiologists words). She is scheduled for another ultrasound on Monday, where they will do a biopsy.

My question is this: Does cancer hurt? I know that is vague but my Mom said that there is a pain in that breast but it is not always there. It hurts pretty bad today but she said yesterday it didn't hurt a bit. Of course we are thinking the worst and I am literally worried sick, though I don't show my fears to her.

While I realize that we won't know for certain until the results are back, any generic information you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you again for your time.

Take care,

Pain is not a common early sign. It is not common until quite late but based on what you have told me I can not call this as something that may be "late". It is possible but not certain that this will turn out to be a cancer. We will have to wait for the result of her probably ultrasound guided biopsy. Please do keep me posted!

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Claes-Gustaf Nordquist, M.D.


I`m a doctor of medicine and a specialist in radiation therapy and medical oncology. I have long experience in diagnostics and treatment of breast tumours.


I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps.You can also reach me on: I have no restrictions on the number of questions there.

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