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What's the difference between a tumor and a cyst on the breast

What's the difference between a tumor and a cyst on the breast

Big difference: Breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac within your breast ; is predominantly non-cancerous (benign). They don't require treatment unless large, painful or uncomfortable.In that case, draining the fluid from a breast cyst can ease your symptoms. Tumor is a solid mass of abnormal tissue. There are two types of breast tumors: benign and malignant (cancerous).See www.Nationalbreastcancer.Org/breast-tumors. ...Read more

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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


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What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

Solid v Fluid-Filled: A "nodule" is a generic term for a breast lump. Common causes include "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue ("fibrocystic changes"), tumors (benign or malignant), and cysts (fluid-filled;benign). A thorough history and physical examination supplemented by ultrasound+/-mammography+/-biopsy will help sort this out. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

Solid v Fluid-Filled: The most common causes of breast lumps include "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue ("fibrocystic changes"), tumors (benign or malignant), and cysts (fluid-filled;benign). A thorough history and physical examination supplemented by ultrasound+/-mammography+/-biopsy will help sort this out. Your gynecologist or primary care doctor can help you sort this out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can ultrasound distinguish between a small cyst and tumor in the breast?

Can ultrasound distinguish between a small cyst and tumor in the breast?

Yes: A breast ultrasound can often distinguish between a cyst and solid lesion, however, a biopsy will give you a definitive answer. ...Read more

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Breast nodule or a cyst? I just had a breast ultrasound and was first told they saw a nodule, but then later said is probably a cyst and that it may have even exploded. What does this all mean? What is the difference between a nodule and a cyst?

A : A cyst is a contained fluid collection; it usually has a thin outer capsule or rim. A nodule is entirely composed of soft tissue. A cyst can be drained; a nodule cannot be drained because it consists of solid tissue. On mammography, cysts and nodules can have the exact same appearance. However, ultrasound is excellent at differentiating between fluid and solid, and cysts appear very different from nodules on ultrasound. Cysts within the breasts are always benign. If a cyst ruptures, the fluid within the cyst is released and leaks in this surrounding tissue; it is usually then reabsorbed by the body. ...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

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23 yar old lady noticed dime sized cyst between her pelvis and her vagina sestive to touch, squishy to touch. Has cystic breast already?

23 yar old lady noticed dime sized cyst between her pelvis and her vagina sestive to touch, squishy to touch. Has cystic breast already?

Could be:: Small boil (skin infection) below skin, could be a swollen, enlarged sebaceous gland, a swollen lymph node, a lipoma (benign fat tumor) - it does not sound like anything dangerous, or like any type of std. ...Read more

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Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Lump between breasts, history of melanoma, malignant mole removed from directly across the location of the lump. Any chance it's just a cyst?

Wrong question: Please forgive my frankness. The only question you need to ask is, "Could it be CANCER?" With your cancer history, and the fact that this is a dominant mass where there's possibly breast tissue, you need to get seen. Period. Pick up the phone now. To be brave, act brave. We'll be thinking of you, and if it's benign / nothing / a lipoma / a cyst, you're a stronger and more skilled person. ...Read more

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