Breast lumps are a very common complaint for women of all ages. Breast lumps may occur spontaneously or gradually and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as breast painchanges in the skin or changes in the nipple. A breast lump may or may not be noticeable to the patient; normal breast tissue can be quite lumpy in some women and some lumps can be small or located deep in the breast.
This is a corrected version of the article that appeared in print. A thorough clinical breast examination, imaging, and tissue sampling are needed for a definitive diagnosis. Fine-needle aspiration is fast, inexpensive, and accurate, and it can differentiate solid and cystic masses.
The signs and symptoms of breast lumps vary depending on the cause. In this article, we will examine some of the causes of breast lumps and the specific signs and symptoms that might develop. Anyone who feels a lump in their breast should visit a doctor to have it examined; this is true for both men and women.
The patient is a year-old otherwise healthy woman who came in for a new evaluation of breast cancer. The patient reported that she was well until she noticed a lump in her left breast. She had an unremarkable screening mammogram three months prior.
Suddenly your hand freezes. Now what? First, don't panic — 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign, meaning they are noncancerous, especially in women younger than age
Changes occur naturally in the breast during menstrual cycles, pregnancy,breastfeeding and aging. Many people who see their GP about a breast change will have one of these benign not cancerous conditions. It's important that you show any changes to your doctor, so that breast cancer can be ruled out.
A year-old premenopausal woman presents with a palpable lump in her left breast. She first noted it 2 months ago on self-examination, and it has steadily grown in size regardless of the phase of her menstrual cycle. The patient has never undergone mammography.
If your exam does find something abnormal, you will need follow-up tests to check whether or not the finding is breast cancer. For most women, follow-up tests will show normal breast tissue. For other women, follow-up tests will show a benign not cancer breast condition.
Don't panic. Nearly eighty percent of all breast lumps are benign non-cancerous. Benign breast lumps are usually moveable and smooth, and can often be found in both breasts.