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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

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Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Can I find out if a breast cyst / tumor is malignant through a breast ultrasound and mammogram?

Sometimes.: There are lesions that can be determined with a high level of assurance to be benign and lesions that can be determined to be malignant.. There are also many lesions that cannot be determined with a high degree of certainty with these sstudies alone. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Check yourself after your period
Monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
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Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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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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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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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Seek immediate evaluation by your physician
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Have diagnostic mammography, ultrasound or MRI if recommended
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Remember most breast lumps are benign
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What to do if I have a reoccuring breast cyst, should I be legitimately concerned?

What to do if I have a reoccuring breast cyst, should I be legitimately concerned?

No, it is: not necessarily concerning. Breast cysts can normally vary in size with time. Also, following aspiration, there is probably about a 20% chance that a benign cyst will re-accumulate fluid. So, re-occurrence in and of itself is not concerning. ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Perform monthly self breast exams.
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See your doctor immediately if breast lump found.
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Yearly breast exams after age 40 by your doctor.
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Yearly mammograms after age 40.
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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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Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more

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Fibrocystic Breast Disease (Definition)

Fibrocystic breast disease is also known as Fibrocystic breasts. Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates ...Read more

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