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Does a breast lump feel different from a cyst?

Does a breast lump feel different from a cyst?

No: Whether fluid-filled or solid, it is often very difficult to tell if a lump is a tumor or a cyst by examination alone. In contrast, an ultrasound will readily distinguish between the two. ...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 does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

What does a breast lump feel like compared to a cyst?

No different: It is impossible to differentiate a solid lump from a cyst by exam alone. However, it is easy to differentiate them by ultrasound or needle-aspiration. Never assume a new lump is "just another cyst"--see your doctor for any new breat lump. ...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?

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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What is done for a teenager with a breast lump/cyst?

What is done for a teenager with a breast lump/cyst?

Depends: If it is a cyst, which is fluid-filled, usually nothing. If it is causing pain, then an aspiration can be performed. If it is a solid mass, it is most likely a fibroadenoma (I have several posts on this topic). Unless it is large, we don't do anything with them. If it is a large fibroadenoma, then it is usually removed surgically. find a breast surgeon in your area for evaluation ...Read more

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A breast lump on right side came suddenly e r said a cyst been 2 weeks since period and still here no pain one side hard weird shaped when will it go?

Get checked: While it is likely a cyst or benign change associated with your monthly cycles, rarely at your age other changes can occur that need attention like infections or benign tumors or rarely cancer. Breast cancer in a 22yo without a strong family history is rare but if this is a painless lump that enlarges or persists then you should be examined. ...Read more

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Had breast ultrasound for breast lump and dr said it was a cyst. Its been there almost 3 months but getting smaller. Could this be cancerous?

Had breast ultrasound for breast lump and dr said it was a cyst. Its been there almost 3 months but getting smaller. Could this be cancerous?

Breast Cysts are...: ...Benign processes which develop when a duct becomes obstructed. With rare exception, breast cancers grow solid; therefore, if a breast lump is fluid-filled, no further evaluation is needed. Cysts require no rx, although, if it is painful or causing anxiety, aspiration can resolve the cyst. If the ultrasound was definitive, no follow-up is necessary; if equivocal, a 6 month follow-up is advised. ...Read more

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Left breast lump found on BSE; had mammogram followed by U/S. Complex cyst w/debri (5mm) identified. Told to have repeat mammogram in 1 year but how do I know for sure the "debri" isn't worrisome? Should I get 2nd opinion or request biopsy?

Left breast lump found on BSE; had mammogram followed by U/S. Complex cyst w/debri (5mm) identified. Told to have repeat mammogram in 1 year but how do I know for sure the "debri" isn't worrisome? Should I get 2nd opinion or request biopsy?

Breast cyst.: Given that your age does put you at risk for breast cancer, unfortunately, with or without a family history of such, a second opinion wouldn't hurt. Complex cysts are a bit more worrisome than simple cysts as they have some contents. I wouldn't panic right now, but a second opinion or a breast MRI wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read more

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What does a breast lump feel like when you're looking for it?

A nodule,marble.BB: May descriptors - just something different that you feel in your own exam of your breasts . Many women already have cobble-stoning, oatmeal -cottage cheese granular or----- larger pancakes of fibrosis " feel" to their breasts it is a change in that "feel" that we want you find. Something that comes up and does not recede after your menstrual cycle whether a bb, marble, or popcorn kernel. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Lump (Definition)

Breast lump describes any lump found in the breast. A breast lump may be something benign, such as a small cyst, or something serious, ...Read more