If you feel a lump in your breast, try not to panic or worry. Most lumps are not breast cancer, but something less serious, such as a benign not cancer breast condition. Some lumps will go away on their own. In younger women, lumps are often related to menstrual periods and will go away by the end of the cycle. However, if you find a lump or any change in your breast or underarm area , see your health care provider to be sure it's not breast cancer.
Breast Lumps - Diagnosis, Evaluation and Treatment
A breast lump is a localized swelling, protuberance, bulge, or bump in the breast that feels different from the breast tissue around it or the breast tissue in the same area of the other breast. There are different reasons why breast lumps develop. Most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk. Causes include infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cyst , fat necrosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Breast lumps may develop in both males and females, but they are much more common in females. The female breast consists of different types of tissue.
Back to Health A to Z. If you feel a lump in your breast, you should always get it checked by a GP. Most breast lumps are harmless but some can be serious.
There are different types of breast lumps. The following descriptions and illustraitons provides some details. If you have any questions, follow-up with your doctor. Not all tumors are malignant cancerous.