Breast lumps are caused by a number of causes. Some of these causes are harmless, however, others can be painful or dangerous. Causes of breast lumps include injuries, infections, non-cancerous growths, and cancer. Common types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lump include fibroadenoma, breast cyst, and breast abscess.
HOW IS BREAST LUMPS DIAGNOSED?
A gynaecologist can diagnose breast lumps by a physical examination. Also a mammographic image may be used to support the diagnoses
HOW IS BREAST LUMPS TREATED?
Breast lumps are surgically removed, medications are used to treat pain and also chemotherapy and radiation therapies are used
DID YOU KNOW?
Many lumps in the breast could be an early sign of breast cancer. If they are treated early then the cancer can be prevented. Breast lumps and breast cancers could be of genetic origin.
Any women young or old should be aware of breast lumps. Breast lumps are common among all types of women. Breast lumps are of different kinds. Detailed knowledge about breast lumps can help identify initial stages of breast cancer.
• Mastitis is when breasts become inflamed and painful.
• Breast abscess is when pus is filled in the skin under the breasts.
• Fat deposits are sometimes formed in the breasts that look like lumps.
• Fat Necrosis is a condition that happens after accident or trauma and breasts get irregular lumps.
• Fibrocystic breasts are found in older women, cysts develop in the breasts.
• Fibroadenoma happens in young women, they develop lumps in breasts. They come and go after menstruation.
• Fibroadenosis happens when breast cysts are formed in the breasts.
• Intraductal papilloma is a condition when wart like growths is found in the milk ducts.
Besides the above conditions some women have lumpy breasts and increase in breast mass by nature as there is a lot of tissue in the breasts. They should be extra careful and take regular check up of their breasts.
Breast lumps and breast cancer are associated, lumps in breasts gradually develop into breast cancer. However, there are some myths surrounding breast cancer and awareness is the key to bust these myths. Firstly, every woman should be aware that anyone can develop breast lumps which can develop into breast cancer. Those with no close relative with breast cancer can also develop breast cancer. Regular checkups and mammogram are necessary to identify signs of breast cancer.
Women above the age of 50 should do regular mammogram as the chances of developing breast cancer increases. Even if they have done a mammogram recently and they develop some breast lumps then they should contact the doctor. Some women develop lumps in the armpits which cannot be detected by the mammogram. These lumps should not be ignored as they can be breast cancer.
Breast cancer symptoms are different from lumps in breasts. Normally breast lumps which do not disappear after menstruation, dimples in the breasts, discharge from the nipples and dimpled nipples are all signs of breast cancer which should not be ignored. When there are painful lumps in breasts, then make sure they are not signs of breast cancer.
Gynaecologists are the best people who can check the breast lumps and advice proper treatment. Women with breast lumps of any sort should do regular check ups.
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