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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...
Definition Baker's cyst is a buildup of joint fluid (synovial fluid) that forms behind the knee. Alternative Names Popliteal cyst; Bulge-knee Causes, incidence, and risk factors A Baker's cyst is caused by swelling in the knee. The swelling is due to an increase in synovial fluid - the fluid that lubricates the knee joint. When pressure builds up, fluid bulges into the back of the knee. Baker's cyst commonly occurs with: A tear in the meniscal cartilage of the knee Knee arthritis (in older adults) Rheumatoid arthritis Other knee problems
Alternative Names Osteomas; Exostoses; Tumor - ear; Cysts - ear; Ear cysts; Ear tumors Symptoms The symptoms of cysts include: Pain (if cysts are in the outside ear canal or get infected) Small soft skin lumps on, behind, or in front of the ear The symptoms of benign tumors include: Ear discomfort Gradual hearing loss in one ear Note: There may be no symptoms. Signs and tests Benign cysts and tumors are usually discovered during a routine ear examination, which can include hearing tests ( audiometry ) and middle ear testing ( tympanometry ). When looking into the ear, the doctor may see cysts or benign tumors in the ear canal. Sometimes a CT scan is needed. This disease may also affect the results of the following tests: Caloric stimulation Electronystagmography
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