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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer?

Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer?

Yes: Benign nipple discharge is usually milky or greenish in color. The greenish discharge associated with fibrocystic changes of the breast is due to dilatation of the ducts (duct ectasia) and leads to the accumulation of debris and then discharge. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Bloody breast: Discharge is always concerning, milky, greenish are not, clear can be.

Assuming this is about you, given your age, cancer is not likely. If the discharge is white or green, no worries. If bloody or clear, please see your doctor, but still unlikely to be cancer.

1 breast discharge is not uncommon, even when benign. ...Read more

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Can a simple breast cyst change and become a complex cyst? Or change and become cancer? Can a cyst hide breast cancer?

Can a simple breast cyst change and become a complex cyst? Or change and become cancer? Can a cyst hide breast cancer?

Yes: Simple cysts can bleed within them a become complex or rarely become infected. Truly simple cysts don't turn into cancer however. A large enough cyst may obscure a underlying malignancy as can dense breast caused by multiple cysts ...Read more

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Is it possible cyst in the breast turn into breast cancer? What causes cyst in the breast? Is the breast cyst dangerous? Thank you

Depends: There are many types of cysts. Simple cysts rarely if ever are cancer. Complex cysts can be more dangerous. If you have a cyst, be sure to follow up with your doctor. They may want to do a needle aspiration and sample the fluid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the likelihood that a simple breast cyst changes into a complex cyst or change into breast cancer after 5 years? I had mamm/us 5 years ago.

What is the likelihood that a simple breast cyst changes into a complex cyst or change into breast cancer after 5 years? I had mamm/us 5 years ago.

Cysts can change: A simple cyst can change into a complex cyst. It is unlikely to change into cancer, but malignant degeneration of cysts is possible. ...Read more

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Having bloddy aspirate from a breast cyst tested. Can you tell me more about this and what the chances of cancer are from this? I'm 36.

Having bloddy aspirate from a breast cyst tested. Can you tell me more about this and what the chances of cancer are from this? I'm 36.

Wait for path: Blood from a cyst aspirate can be a warning sign of something serious. It could also just be a result of bleeding caused by the aspiration. Wait for the pathology results. ...Read more

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How common are breast cyst and could a 20 year old get breast cancer?

How common are breast cyst and could a 20 year old get breast cancer?

Common, possible: Breast cysts are fairly common and many women experience it during their life time. Cyst are generally benign, especially if they are designated as simple cysts. As far as breast cancer at age 20, it is rare but not impossible. If there is any question about an abnormal breast finding or symptom, it would be best to check with a breast care professional for appropriate work-up. ...Read more

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Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Which is the percent of probability than a breast cyst change in cancer? Thanks

Very little to none: Fibrocystic disease is very common in young woman, itself is not premalignant, but has slightly higher incidence of cancer, cyst itself will not turn to cancer ...Read more

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Had breast cyst since age 16 US every year was told nothing changed now 22 should I be concerned about this turning into cancer?

Had breast cyst since age 16 US every year was told nothing changed now 22 should I be concerned about this turning into cancer?

Every woman has: To be concerned to develop breast cancer, you are no exception with benign breast cysts, incidence is slightly higher than those who has no fibrocystic disease. Best option is follow the instructions of your doctor, go for regular follow up visits At 22 incidence is very very low, than some one at 62 age is no exception for cancer. ...Read more

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Will aspirating breast cyst show cancer cells or I'm just being paranoid?

Will aspirating breast cyst show cancer cells or I'm just being paranoid?

Likely benign: Most cysts in breast are benign. You are prudent to have the abnormality checked out. ...Read more

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Had a breast cyst monitored every six months. Now mammo say it has undefined borders. Going for follow up mammo and ultrasound. Cancer likelihood?

Had a breast cyst monitored every six months. Now mammo say it has undefined borders. Going for follow up mammo and ultrasound. Cancer likelihood?

Hard to make: A determination with limited info and no images, but it sounds like it now has some suspicious features and may require needle biopsy. That said, the probability of cancer is probably relatively low, but not low enough to keep following it due to the interval change. ...Read more

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Breast cyst aspiration had no fluid and core biopsy performed. Is it a cyst or a solud mass? More apt for cancer?

Breast cyst aspiration had no fluid and core biopsy performed. Is it a cyst or a solud mass? More apt for cancer?

U/s usually: Distinguishes solid from fluid filled cyst. A core biopsy isclearly solid, but path discerns benign v. Malignant. ...Read more

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What does normal breast tissue feel like? Or breast cyst? I don't know if im feeling a lump or just normal. Its movable, feels connected to tissue.

What does normal breast tissue feel like? Or breast cyst? I don't know if im feeling a lump or just normal. Its movable, feels connected to tissue.

See answer: Tough to answer over the computer. Fibro-cystic breast disease is very common in young breasts, and is probably what you are feeling. The best advice for you is too a dr. And get a breast exam, and have the dr. Explain what is normal specifically to your breasts, and then when you perform an exam on yourself at least monthly, and notice any changes, you can alert the dr. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is a breast lump 1.4cm x 2.8 cm to big? Does it irritate the lump more when pressing and touching it? Difference septated breast cyst/palpable lump?

Is a breast lump 1.4cm x 2.8 cm to big? Does it irritate the lump more when pressing and touching it? Difference septated breast cyst/palpable lump?

Pressing/touching: A breast lump will not fundamentally change what it is, but I suppose the more it is manipulated, the more potential that some tenderness might develop. At this point, the size doesn't really matter. Lumps caused by benign processes can be smaller or larger, lumps caused by cancers can be smaller or larger. You need to find out what is causing the lump...see your doc for evaluation and imaging ...Read more

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I feel lumps in my breast should I be worried about breast cancer or cyst?

I feel lumps in my breast should I be worried about breast cancer or cyst?

Lumpy breasts: Ask your doctor to check them for you or refer you to a general surgeon who can provide expert help with that issue. ...Read more

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My cousin found a large lump in her breast that is painful especially when showering. She's 41yrs. Can it be cancer? Or a cyst?

My cousin found a large lump in her breast that is painful especially when showering. She's 41yrs. Can it be cancer? Or a cyst?

Painful breast lump: Breast lumps that are painful, are more likely to be cysts than cancer. Your cousin's lump should be checked by a physician, though. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a cyst from a breast cancer lump?

What distinguishes a cyst from a breast cancer lump?

Mammography: Ultrasound and needle biopsy are ways of telling whether the mass is solid or cystic, benign or malignant. In some cases, MRI might be helpful. Consult your surgeon if you have a breast mass. Although unlikely, every lump is abnormal and could be cancer. ...Read more

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61 year old woman with small lump in left breast along sternum. Non moveable, not painful, appeared suddenly cancer maybe? Have had cyst in breast before. Always odd shaped and always in lower breast. Never round and pea sized. Lump can be seen from

61 year old woman with small lump in left breast along sternum. Non moveable, not painful, appeared suddenly cancer maybe? Have had cyst in breast before. Always odd shaped and always in lower breast. Never round and pea sized. Lump can be seen from

Hello.: Hello. Can't diagnose the cause of this lump. Breast cancer usually would not suddenly appear because it takes a while to grow. It could be a lymph node. I don't know if you have been getting mammograms. It would be important to see your doctor. The doctor may order a chest xray, a mammogram and an ultrasound of the lump. Please get it checked. ...Read more

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Breasts itching daily. Nipple sometimes worse than rest of breasts but now everywhere. Lumps prev. Found & ruled cysts. Breast cancer runs in family.

Breasts itching daily. Nipple sometimes worse than rest of breasts but now everywhere. Lumps prev. Found & ruled cysts. Breast cancer runs in family.

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, and physical examination. You may try changing your bra to a natural material. You may also try going without the bra on the weekends to see if that makes a difference.
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Should I be concerned about a complex breast cyst?

Should I be concerned about a complex breast cyst?

I would: Make sure to follow up as directed. Cysts of the breast are usually not classified like cysts of the ovaries, simple or complex. Nevertheless, if the docs were suspicous they would order a biopsy or at least additional testing with close follow up. Make sure you follow the recommendations and get clarification from your doc on that report and it's meaning. ...Read more

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Can a breast cyst rupture?

Can a breast cyst rupture?

They can: Normally get bigger, smaller, or resolve. I suppose they can potentially rupture with trauma, but it would be unusual. ...Read more

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I want to use conraceptive pill but I had a breast cyst is it ok?

I want to use conraceptive pill but I had a breast cyst is it ok?

Yes: One of the non-contraceptive benefits of birth control pills is the reduction in the frequency of breast cysts. ...Read more

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Breast cyst popped like a pimple would. Is this normal?

Breast cyst popped like a pimple would. Is this normal?

Cyst: Your breast is covered with skin and therefore skin issues will occur. As long as the area is not red, firm, painful, it was most likely a sebaceous cyst. ...Read more

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Can a breast cyst be in the armpit?

Yes: Many women have accessory breast tissue in the armpit. Often they don't realize it until pregnancy when the breast tissue swells in preparation for breastfeeding. It's certainly possible to get breast cysts in that tissue. There are also numerous glands in the armpit. The duct pore can get clogged with sweat and bacteria forming a cyst. ...Read more

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What herbal medication is best if breast cyst?

What herbal medication is best if breast cyst?

I need to know that: Five patients asked that today for pain we believe low caffeine intake, vitamin E at 200 iu/ daily (controversial) flaxseed oil and evening primrose oil and I add prayers. If totally hormonal than little to help until menopause I have as many patients with increased pain with use of bcp--as patients who state they got better on the pill? Only the british with their placebo trials will answer. ...Read more

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Can the doctor tell the difference between a breast cyst and a tumor? How?

Can the doctor tell the difference between a breast cyst and a tumor? How?

Ultrasound or Needle: It is very easy to distinguish being a cyst, which is fluid-filled, and a tumor, which is almost-always solid, by performing an ultrasound. Alternatively, a needle aspiration can be done. This sounds worse then it is--it hurts about as much as having your blood drawn. Bottom line: if you find a lump in your breast, see your primary care doctor or gynecologist. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more