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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 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

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