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Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
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What's the difference between a tumor and a cyst on the breast

Dr. Michael Ginsburg
Board Certified, Interventional Radiology
7 years in practice
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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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What's the difference between a breast nodule and a breast cyst?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Melissa Young
Board Certified, Endocrinology
4 years in practice
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What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

Dr. Melissa Young
Board Certified, Endocrinology
4 years in practice
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What's the difference between a breast lump and a cyst?

Less/more specific: A lump can be anything - solid or fluid filled, scar tissue, just a prominent area. It is a very non-specific term. A cyst means a fluid filled structure. ...Read more

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Dr. Keyur Mehta
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
12 years in practice
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Can ultrasound distinguish between a small cyst and tumor in the breast?

Dr. Keyur Mehta
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
12 years in practice
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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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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
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How do I tell between breast cancer and cysts in the breast?

Dr. Devon Webster
Board Certified, Medical Oncology
17 years in practice
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How do I tell between breast cancer and cysts in the breast?

You can't: Cysts tend get bigger and smaller and change with your menstrual cycle. Multiple lumps are more likely to be cysts than cancer. But the only way to know for sure a lump is a cyst (and not a cancer) is to have it examined by a healthcare professional, who might order a mammogram and/or ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
36 years in practice
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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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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
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Can the doctor tell the difference between a breast cyst and a tumor? How?

Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
29 years in practice
24M people helped
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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Dr. Wendy Askew
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
19 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Wendy Askew
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
19 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Board Certified, Pathology
39 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. Tony Willson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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I have a small pea sized hard lump on my sternum between my breasts, i can squeeze pus from it and it's sore, when I pull my skin tight you can see it what is it?? Cyst?

Dr. Tony Willson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
12 years in practice
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I have a small pea sized hard lump on my sternum between my breasts, i can squeeze pus from it and it's sore, when I pull my skin tight you can see it what is it?? Cyst?

Possible Sebaceous: Cyst. Given the discharge likely a benign yet but it should be looked at by a doctor to verify it's nothing concerning. ...Read more

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