Many women feel an unusual lump in their breast at some point during their lives; thankfully, only a tiny percentage of those lumps are cancer. A common source of breast lumps is the breast cyst, a benign yet annoying condition experienced by about 1 in 3 pre-menopausal women. What are cysts? If you feel a breast lump, can you tell if it’s a cyst? And what should you do about a cyst in your breast? Q. I was in the shower this morning, and felt a lump in my breast. I check my breasts most days while showering, and I know this lump wasn’t there yesterday. Can breast cancer appear that quickly? A. No, breast cancer can’t grow overnight. It’s possible, if a woman is unfamiliar with the usual shape and feel of her breasts, that she may notice a lump that seems to have “just appeared,” and that the lump turns out to be cancer. But most lumps that actually do crop up overnight are cysts. Q. What’s a cyst? Is it dangerous? A. A cyst is like an internal b...
Skin lumps are any abnormal bump or swelling on the skin.
Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. Most lumps and swellings are benign (not cancerous) and are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas).
A lump or swelling that appears suddenly (over 24 - 48 hours) and is painful is usually caused by an injury or an infection.
Lipomas, fatty lumps under the skin
Enlarged lymph glands
, usually in the armpits, neck, and groin
, a closed sac in or under the skin that is lined with skin tissue and contains fluid or semisolid material
Benign skin growths such as seborrheic keratoses or neurofibromas
, painful, red bumps usually involving a hair follicle
Corn or callus, caused by skin thickening in response to continued pressure (for example, from shoes) and usually occurring on a to...
In 1988, I developed a lump in my right breast. I was in my mid twenties and while I pointed it out to my doctors -- no one was alarmed. Finally in 1991, I started to have some pain associated and I decided to take it more seriously and sought the consultation of a breast surgeon. At my behest, he took the lump out and the biopsy read "dense fibrous tissue". Many people have fiber cystic tissue, but the lumps in my breasts were different shapes, hard and many. Size would change depending on stress, menstrual cycle and caffeine consumption and sometimes they felt tender, but most of the time I didn't feel them! In the following years, my gynecologists referred me to breast oncologists for my check ups, because the lumps are too many and the tissue is so unclear, they did not want the liability. I started having mammograms when I was 34, and the comment was my “mammograms look like a snow storm!” I started to ask &q...
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