Fast Five Quiz: Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Maurie Markman, MD; Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH


June 07, 2022

Although most are benign, a new palpable breast mass is commonly a presenting sign of breast cancer, per the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria. When a palpable lump is detected, the following characteristics may be indicative of breast cancer:

  • Focal nodularity

  • Hardness

  • Irregularity

  • Fixation to skin or muscle

A rubbery, mobile mass describes a fibroadenoma. Although they can be found at any age, fibroadenomas are most common in women aged 14-35 years. Breast cysts often cause pain or tenderness.

Learn more details about the workup for early-stage breast cancer.


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