U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 45-year-old member asked:

I am a single mom. i felt a big mass in my breast. i got a mammogram done which showed a cyst. i wanted it drained for cancer cell evaluation? should i go for it?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
OK to Drain, but...: ...Not for cancer evaluation. Breast cysts are benign fluid-filled lumps that can appear "overnight" and, when large, can cause quite a bit of pain. While it is not necessary to biopsy these, many women prefer to have these aspirated due to the pain that they can cause. Ironically, we do not routinely send this fluid for evaluation (unless bloody) since they are, by definition, benign.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Treating fear with: A surgical or radiology directed procedure cures neither the tendency to form cysts or the scared feeling that causes the question. Giving reasons will not allay your concern. Age, family history, medication, physical finding and other history could influence, but cyst spiration and cytology each time you get a cyst is wasteful use of resources. You need help, but not cytology.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Follow MD's advice: It is likely a good idea to have the cyst drained and fluid examined by a pathologist. Since the question alone does not provide sufficient information, you should follow the advice of your doctor.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Apr 15, 2018

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.