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Is a breast lump unsafe during pegnancy?

Q: My wife is expecting a child early next month. Very recently, she observed a 2 and a half inches lump in her right breast, just below the shoulder. This lump is very painful and she cannot even touch it. According to her, it appeared very recently and was not there earlier. The same was shown to her gynaecologist and she prescribed her Combiflam & anti-biotic medicine (3 dose a day) for five days. I am concerned about her. Could you please suggest something?

A:The lump is unlikely to be cancer in the child bearing age, unless your wife is an older woman. The most likely cause is a breast infection. I would expect her to run a fever, and the lump would be painful and hot. What did the doctor say, so the doctors would see your wife again soon. If it is not improved, she might develop and abscess - this would need surgical drainage.

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