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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Breast Cyst And Tumor

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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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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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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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Is a septated breast cyst anything to worry about?

Is a septated breast cyst anything to worry about?

No not immediately: But it should be followed up with repeat imaging with mammography and or ultrasound examination as some of the cysts can develop cancer inside after many years of observation. ...Read more

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Think I got breast cyst original one gone but another appeared I'm 19?

Think I got breast cyst original one gone but another appeared I'm 19?

Unusual: Most benign pathology of breast is related to hormone activity on breast tissue. In early years activity is on breast tissue resulting in fibroadenomas. Over 30 the effect begins on the ductal system producting partial blockage with fluid accumulation leading to cysts. When spontaneous opening in duct occurs the cyst disappears. Most of the time with age fibrocytic disease is commonplace ...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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Can a breast cyst rupture spontaneously?

Yes: This can occur. They may also just go away without overtly "rupturing". ...Read more

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Can it hurt to get a breast cyst drained?

No: The breast is given a local anesthetic, a small needle is inserted and the fluid is aspirated. The fluid is sent to the lab for evaluation. The whole procedure can be performed in the office. ...Read more

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Are breast cyst common for a 20 year old?

Are breast cyst common for a 20 year old?

Yes: They are more common in women aged 35-50 but can be found at any age. Most breast cysts are benign. The might require drainage if they are painful, large, or just simply if you want to make them go away for piece of mind. Cyst fluid that is bloody is of concern but almost any other color would be of no concern. ...Read more

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Is a 3 mm breast cyst too small to aspirate?

Is a 3 mm breast cyst too small to aspirate?

Too small : A breast cyst that is 3mm is usually too small to aspirate. They are usually observed to see if they get larger, then they can be addressed or disappear on their own. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Is it unusual to get breast cyst at 20 years old?

Very common...: Breast cysts are extremely common, especially in early adulthood. However, it's important to know the type of breast cyst so that we know how to best deal with it. An ultrasound is usually needed to characterize the cyst. Occasionally, a cyst will need to be drained for diagnosis or relief of pain for the patient. Most of the time however, there is nothing special to do and we leave them alone. ...Read more

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Is a breast cyst that enlarges about every 6 months deadly.

Is a breast cyst that enlarges about every 6 months deadly.

Probably not serious: Breast cysts are almost always benign and not deadly at all. Especially if painful, a breast cyst should be aspirated with a needle (usually an office procedure). The fluid can be sent for pathologic analysis but that can be confusing as benign cyst fluid contains cells that can be confused with malignant cells. If cysts continue to recur after aspiration, they should be excised. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a breast cyst? I'm a 21 year old female.

What are the symptoms of a breast cyst? I'm a 21 year old female.

(painful) lump: Breast cysts arise from fluid accumulation within a blocked milk duct. These appear to be estrogen-dependent and very common, occurring in 35-50% of women aged 35-50. When small, they usually are "silent"; but, when large, they can be quite painful. Aspiration is reserved for those that are causing pain or those that are atypical in appearance by ultrasound. ...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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How to have a safe sex for women with benign complicated breast cyst?

Cyst: Breast cysts are benign, can cause tenderness in the breasts specially before menstrual period, should not stop from having sex... ...Read more

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At what size is recommended to biopsy a breast cyst ? More than 1 CM (0, 39 inch )? Thanks

At what size is recommended to biopsy a  breast cyst ? More than 1 CM (0, 39 inch )? Thanks

Cyst: There is no recommended size. The decision to biopsy is based not on size, but on the specific features of the cyst. ...Read more

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I forgot to ask about the birads 3 . Should i be concerned about birads 3 complex breast cyst?

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I forgot to ask about the birads 3 . Should i be concerned about birads 3 complex breast cyst?

Short term follow-up: Birads 3 usually refers to "probably benign" and requires short term follow up, usually with a "diagnostic" mammogram and ultrasound if needed. If something remains suspicious, they will recommend a biopsy. Definitely follow up! best wishes. ...Read more

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Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Your doc must answer: As a pathologist, I use many different words but "chunkier" isn't one that's familiar to me from breast biopsy aspirate work. You have a right to a complete explanation -- any chance of cancer? -- from the pathologist if your primary care physician or whoever did the aspirate cannot answer for you. ...Read more

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