Does A Lump Mean Cancer in Breast Tissue?

You’re performing your regular breast self exam and notice a lump – you immediately worry that it’s cancer in breast tissue.

However, having a lump doesn’t mean that you necessarily have cancer. In fact, there are many conditions that can lead to lumps in the breast.

In fact, 80% of breast lumps are actually benign and aren’t cancer at all. Many women jump straight to the idea that they have cancer and get so frightened that they actually avoid medical care. That’s the exact opposite of what you should do.

Some breast lumps are actually cysts in the breast tissue. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that is a benign (not cancerous) growth.

When a sonogram or biopsy is performed, fluid can be detected. In most cases, no treatment is necessary for a cyst.

Many women have breasts that are filled with lumps. This condition is called is called fibrocystic breast disease and is also sometimes referred to as fibroglandular breasts. These are benign lumps that are found throughout the breast tissue.

Fibrocystic breasts are often very tender, especially during the menstrual cycle. They are not cancerous, but there are some concerns of which you need to take note. It can be difficult to detect a cancer in breast tissue among all of the benign lumps.

If you need help trying to figure out what’s normal, speak with your healthcare provider and he or she can show you what to watch for.

With fibrocystic breast tissue, the thickenings or lumps are generally in the same areas of the breasts. They are also flexible and movable in a way.

The key here is to really get to know your own body and what’s normal for you. When you experience changes, that’s the time to speak with a healthcare provider. Remember, most of the time breast lumps are benign.

However, if you fall into the category of the 20%, you’ll want to get screening and treatment as soon as possible. The earlier cancer is detected, the better chances you have of being cured through treatment.

If you detect a change, the next step will be a physical exam by a healthcare provider. He or she may then refer you for a mammogram and/or sonogram to see if anything shows up on images.

Finally, you may need a biopsy to confirm cancer in a suspicious growth. Don’t wait to get screening for cancer in breast tissue – the sooner you get diagnosed, the better off you’ll be!

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