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How do I tell between breast cancer and cysts in the breast?

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. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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How to know it is cyst or breast cancer?

How to know it is cyst or breast cancer?

See your physician: Who will take a history, do a physical exam and possibly order tests such as mammogram or ultrasound. ...Read more

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Is it possibility that i'm developing breast cancer since my dr. Said I have cystic breasts?

Is it possibility that i'm developing breast cancer since my dr. Said I have cystic breasts?

Fibrocystic: Breasts don't predispose to breast cancer. However, they can make the diagnosis more difficult because of the complexity of the breast tissue on mammography. Ultrasound of "lumps" will either show cysts or unremarkable glandular tissue. Sometimes MRI is used when there is a question. Also, biopsy may also be required if a palpable lump is clinically suspicious even when all other tests are normal. ...Read more

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What distinguishes a cyst from a breast cancer lump?

What distinguishes a cyst from a breast cancer lump?

Mammography: Ultrasound and needle biopsy are ways of telling whether the mass is solid or cystic, benign or malignant. In some cases, MRI might be helpful. Consult your surgeon if you have a breast mass. Although unlikely, every lump is abnormal and could be cancer. ...Read more

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I feel lumps in my breast should I be worried about breast cancer or cyst?

I feel lumps in my breast should I be worried about breast cancer or cyst?

Lumpy breasts: Ask your doctor to check them for you or refer you to a general surgeon who can provide expert help with that issue. ...Read more

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Is it possible cyst in the breast turn into breast cancer? What causes cyst in the breast? is the breast cyst dangerous? thank you

Depends: There are many types of cysts. Simple cysts rarely if ever are cancer. Complex cysts can be more dangerous. If you have a cyst, be sure to follow up with your doctor. They may want to do a needle aspiration and sample the fluid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

It's possible: A breast cancer may exist in a cyst if there is a mass in the cyst or in the wall of the cyst. A simple cyst is unlikely to be cancerous. Usually cancerous cysts are complex and may have separations within it. In any event either removal, aspiration with follow up, or repeat imaging my be needed to ensure the cyst is not cancerous. ...Read more

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I'm 25 years old. I just discovered I have a septated cyst sized 9*4 mm in breast. My grandmother and aunt just got breast cancer. What's your advice?

I'm 25 years old. I just discovered I have a septated cyst sized 9*4 mm in breast. My grandmother and aunt just got breast cancer. What's your advice?

It depends.: If the septation is thin, then the chance of malignancy is near zero. If the septation is thick, irregular, or vascular, then the lesion is more suspicious and biopsy may be necessary. So more information about the septated cyst is needed. ...Read more

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Pain&cyst in rt hip also had breast cancer is this anything to woot about?

Pain&cyst in rt hip also had breast cancer is this anything to woot about?

Probably not, but: Should be checked by your doctor. If it really is a cyst, it is unlikely to be anything serious. However, anyone with a history of cancer should have small things checked because sometimes cancer recurrence can present with minor symptoms. See your doctor to give yourself peace of mind and proper evaluation if necessary. ...Read more

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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...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