I haven't gone to the doctor yet because I'm observing it; it seems a little softer than it was. I'm 34, and just finished my period last week. But I'm so afraid – could this be cancer?
If this breast lump disappears in synch with your period, it's probably due to fibrocystic change, a common condition pre-menopausal women experience. While not serious, it can cause pain and breast lumps, both of which tend to come and go.
If the lump stays where it is; and feels hard, and pretty immoveable, it's best to have it checked out. You're very young to experience breast cancer; only 5% of breast cancer diagnoses are in women under 40 years old. Nevertheless, all breast changes should be taken seriously and checked out by a doctor, specifically to rule out breast cancer and get to the root of whatever the problem might be. So if it doesn't disappear soon – go ahead and make an appointment.
I was just diagnosed with a big lump in my lower middle part of the breasts, 3.4X 5cm in size. The lump is hard, painful, and no liquid according to the result of the aspiration. The biopsy result will be in a week, and I am scared as hell for what the result may be.
I usually experience lumps during my menstural period but they would always be gone after the period. I have only recently discovered this month that this lump stays there the whole month.
I am 31 years old, single, and I have made long travels to different provinces last month. Is this anything associated with tiredness? What is probably my condition? My doctor says it is not cysts since there is no liquid.
Please advise, thank you.
Hi - First, I don't believe you could attribute this lump to travel or fatigue. Please read our breast lump FAQS, and our post on fibrocystic change. It could be a fibroadenoma, which is an overgrowth of breast tissue unrelated to cancer. Or, unfortunately, it could be cancer. One positive factor - cancer lumps usually are painless, while fibroadenomas can be quite painful. I know it's tough waiting for biopsy results, but here in the States, 85% of biopsies are negative; no cancer. So statistically speaking, the odds would be with you. Best of luck - PJH
Well, especially since you've had lumps with your menstrual cycle before, this could very well be another type of lump associated with your cycle. Cysts tend to become larger and smaller, while fibroadenomas, not so much. Good luck - PJH
I see. Thanks again, so much!
No, Jessi, you're not too young for a mammogram. Luckily, at your age this is much more likely to be a painful cyst or harmless fibroadenoma, both signs of fibrocystic change - which produces the symptoms you describe, and which is very common in women your age. Please call your doctor and tell him/her about this new lump, and ask for a screening mammogram; apparently the ultrasound last time was inconclusive, I assume? All signs point to this NOT being cancer, but you still have to rule it out - so call your doctor and ask what the next steps would be, as far as screening to determine exactly what's causing this lump. Best of luck to you - PJH
If the lump is new, then it's probably not related to the breast infection, Jessi. But cysts can definitely come and go, become larger and smaller, be painful, and then not... So don't settle for "a mass" - they should be able to tell you more than that, OK? Take care- PJH
Yes, the texture and feelng of lumps does matter. A softer lump is more likely to be a fluid-filled cyst. I'm glad you're getting a new doctor; it's frustrating when you're not taken seriously, isn't it? Kudos to you for taking charge of your health and really advocating for yourself! Take care- PJH
Hi it's me again. I am so confused now with the surgeon because he wanted to remove my breast cyst (firboadenoma as ultrasound found out, 1.1*1.2cm, movable, non-tender and hard), he wanted operation with it. What should I do? I didn't follow HIM(surgeon) but maybe better go for another surgeon for an another opinion. I have this cyst in my left breast last DECEMBER,2010 and until now I still have it, it's painless but I am so worried because I can't work if I can't pass the medical exam. Can it be seen by a CHEST X-RAY?
No, a chest X-ray isn't designed to pick up tissue lesions in your breast. Sometimes surgeons want to remove fibroadenomas because they're painful or large; sometimes, because they feel they're "suspicious." I'd definitely get another opinion, if possible. Surgeons often disagree on the treatment for fibroadenomas, so it's best to hear a possibly differing viewpoint, then decide which course of action makes most sense to you. Also - I can't imagine a fibroadenoma would cause you to fail a medical exam... it's a basically harmless (though sometimes painful) condition. Good luck - PJH
Thanks so much,,yeah I didn't pass the medical exam. I can't work if I can't get surgery clearance saying that I am fit to work, but unfortunately the SURGEON didn't want to gave me a clearance unless operation can be done. He will not issue me a clearance if the cyst can't be removed. I told him about my condition, I explain it to him but he didn't listened. Now, I'm preparing for a chest x-ray and hopefully it can't be seen so that I can work..thanks a lot
Wow, never heard of such a thing - that's unfortunate. Hope things work out for you and you can get back to work very soon! PJH
don't worry :)
most likley it's a fibrocystic change " it's caused by ur hormons espically estrogen "
and it's benign .. they must have a biopsy to see the histological feature
cuz very few of them have small risk to develop malegnint cancer
it's painful and tend to be more pronounced just prior to menstrual periods and it's a carastaristic feature to fibrocystic disease or change
Thanks for sharing your information. As you point out most lumps are not cancer. Of course, if a lump doesn't disappear after your menstural period, then it needs to be checked out by a doctor and might need a biopsy.
I woke up this morning with a huge lump (like half my right breast). This was NOT there when I went to bed. It was a little tender to the touch, but not very painful. I freaked out. Called my OBGYN and she said come right in. When she touched it she even said "OH MY!" So she sent me right over to have an ultrasound. Turns out it's a good size cyst that has ruptured. (Apparently I am a cyst grower). It's 4cm so yeah, it's pretty big. Radiologist said it should be aspirated because, even though it would go away eventually, it's so big, it will take forever and it's painful. So, if you wake up with a lump that wasn't there the night before, don't freak out. Usually, overnight lumps are NOT anything serious. Hope this helps.
Thanks! I have NEVER experienced anything like this. As soon as I sat up in the bed, I knew it was there. I didn't even have to feel it with my fingers. Very strange. I knew I had cysts, because every time I have a mammogram, I get called back in for an ultrasound. I just had a mammo like four weeks ago, so I figured it wasn't a mass, but I was still scared! It was so HUGE! I had an aspiration years ago (back when they aspirated everything) and it wasn't too bad; but that cyst was so small I didn't even know I had it. This one will probably be a little more painful, but I don't care. I really want this thing gone! I just wanted to post something so if someone else wakes up with one of these, they won't be so scared! Thanks!
I am a 44 y/o wf. I discovered a very large, hard lump in my right breast around a month ago. It just seemed to pop up over night. I finished a round of antibiotics, hoping it was an infection, but to no avail. I am very scared it's cancer. Just wondering if anybody has ever heard of cancer popping up that big in a short period of time. Do I need a mammogram or ultra-sound? Please advise.....
Hi - This could be cancer; it could also be a host of other issues. But, since this breast lump hasn't changed in a month, you need to go to your doctor and find out what it is. First step: mammogram. If that's inconclusive, they may order an ultrasound or MRI. And possibly a biopsy. But don't stress too much, OK? About 85% of breast biopsies are negative; no cancer. So the odds are definitely on your side that this lump is being caused by something other than cancer. Call your doctor ASAP to get the process started, OK? And let us know what you find out. Take care- PJH
Yes, cancer can seem to appear suddenly. Actually, tumors grow for years before you can feel a lump. Depending on the position of the lump in the breast, it may seem to pop up literally overnight. Most often lumps that show up that fast turn out to be cysts, but you can't know for sure without a mammogram, ultrasound, and maybe a biopsy if it is a solid lump. Has a doctor already seen it and prescribed the antibiotic, or do you live where antibiotics are available over the counter? Call your doctor on Monday and ask for an appointment as soon as possible. I hope you get good news.