are four types of breast lumps with only the fourth being
a malignant lump also known as cancerous.
Cysts are fluid filled sacs of various sizes.
Usually they feel soft and may be moved under the skin. Sometimes
cysts produce a dull pain in the area. Cysts appear most often
in women between 30 to 55. They rarely occur in young women
or women past menopause.
Non-cancerous tumors composed of connective tissue and other
cells that have multiplied faster than normal. They usually
have regular borders, feel round, move freely and feel firm.
They are usually about the size of marbles or smaller. Fibroadenomas
are often more common in young women than women past menopause.
(Although I have some and my ovaries were surgically removed).
PSEUDOLUMPS: These are all the other masses in the breast that the doctor
or health care provider will want to evaluate. These could be scar tissue, hardened silicone (if you have
silicone), necrotic (dead) fat, or a rib bone pressing into
breast tissue and compressing it. This kind of lump can feel
quite hard and usually doesnt change size or shape during
your menstrual cycle
in the breast is often the first symptom a woman finds if
she has breast cancer, but many lumps are not cancerous. Non-cancerous
lumps are the result of normal hormonal changes or trauma
to the breast. A younger woman is more likely to find that
her breast lump is benign. If a lump is cancerous it is usually
hard to move under the skin. However this is not a way to
distinguish a benign lump from a malignant lump.
you notice a change in your breasts such as a lump, thickening,
clear or bloody discharge, change in contours, dimpling of
skin, redness, or retracted nipples, then you should consult
a physician or your gynecologist that day. If that person
thinks there is a question about a lump, they will refer you
to the proper diagnostic evaluation.
ultrasound is used to determine if a lump is a solid mass
or a fluid-filled cyst. It uses sound waves to create a picture
of body tissues and fluids.
an x-ray of the breast. A doctor (radiologist) will read the
mammogram and look for any abnormalities. If the doctor detects
any abnormality or change in the mammogram, you may have to
undergo additional testing. A mammogram can detect many, but
not all, cases of breast cancer. Sometimes additional tests
may be needed, such as a breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
about breast changes ,
see this page.
have fibrocystic breasts or breast
Breast Cancer Web Resources:
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation