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There is a Lump in Your Breast: What Next?

Finding a lump in the breast can leave you utterly scared and thinking of breast cancer. Some go a step further and imagine what they would like if they had to lose a breast and whether they would be comfortable getting implants. It can be a scary downward spiral.

Breast lumps are quite normal and common especially in women who have not yet hit menopause. Many of them are not cancerous but seeing a specialist about them is always advisable. This is especially true for a lump that was not there previously or a lump that does not disappear after your period.

It is important to have the right information regarding breast health. This includes:

  • Breast lumps are mostly not cancerous and can be as a result of various things. It could have been caused by an injury or from breastfeeding when sacs in the breast fill with milk and form cysts. They could be soft and filled with fluid and are tender or rubbery and painless. The breasts can sometimes experience fibrocystic changes where they feel lumpy and painful especially just before your period.
  • Find out what is normal – Every breast has its own size, shape, and texture. The same applies to breast lumps. This is why you should regularly check your breasts so you know what feels normal. It should be easy to spot any abnormalities like a change in the texture of a cyst. Also look out for other symptoms of breast cancer including itching, swelling, nipple discharge, redness, or pain centered around a particular area.
  • In the event that there is an abnormal lump or one that was previously not there, it is important to see a doctor. Having it checked out will give the diagnosis on whether it is cancerous or benign. This may involve a physical examination followed by tests such as a mammogram and an ultrasound. 

Where a diagnostic test does not give conclusive information, the doctor may recommend doing a biopsy where cell samples from the lump are extracted for further investigation. Whether cancerous or not, the doctor will guide appropriately once the results are out.

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