What are the types of breast lumps?

Tumors, Cysts, etc. The breast by its very nature is "lumpy-bumpy", often making it difficult to distinguish lumps that count from normal breat tissue. Lumps "that count" (dominant masses) tend to be distinct from normal breast tissue. They may be fluid-filled (cysts) or solid (tumors)--this can be differentiated by ultrasound. Tumors may be benign or malignant--this can be differentiated by biopsy.
Benign or malignant. Benign and malignant. In a younger age, the differential diagnosis is different types of benign lumps.

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How is breast cancer diagnosed? What are the types of breast lumps?

It's a team effort. Breast cancer is diagnosed by the use of several tools beginning with breast self exam monthly. Your doctor's exam. Mammogram. Ultrasound. Mri. Pem (positron emission mammography). Once a suspicious abnormality is found, a biopsy is necessary. Only a pathologist can ultimately confirm the diagnosis. Read more...
Mammography. Most cancers are diagnosed by mammography, x-rays, of the breast. Ultrasound can be used as well, to distinguish a non-cancerous cyst from a solid lump. Some cancers are found by patients or their partners, by feeling a lump. Mri can be a useful extra test. There are several types of lumps, benign cysts, benign fibroadenomas, lymph nodes, and cancers. These account for almost all lumps. Read more...
Many ways. Cancer is often discovered by accident, such as when soaping in the shower or by a spouse. It can also be discovered by a self exam or by a doctor's exam. Most commonly cancer is found during a mammogram. A biopsy, a small surgical procedure where a piece of the suspected cancer is sampled confirms it. Some breasts lumps include cysts, scar, fibroadenomas (benign hard growths), or cancer. Read more...
Biopsy. Some breast lumps are found by feeling the breast, in women over 40, mammograms may show early breast cancer. The way to diagnose breast cancer is by taking a sample of the lump (often with a needle) to be examined by a pathologist. Read more...
With a biopsy. A breast lump is usually not cancer. Lumps can be cysts (fluid pockets), fibroadenomas (benign lumps), normal breast glandular tissue, or cancer. Sometimes lumps show up on mammograms or ultrasounds, but not always. The only way to diagnose a lump as breast cancer is to get a sample, usually with a needle. A doctor looks at this carefully under a microscope to diagnose cancer. Read more...
Biopsy needed... A suspicious, palpable lump (mass) must be biopsied, whether seen on mammogram or not. Many lumps are not cancerous, such as a fibroadenoma. But the only definitive way to elucidate the nature of the lump is biopsy. Read more...
Ultimately by bx. Clinical examination and imaging (mmgs, u/s, etc) can give helpful information and suggest the likelihood of benign vs malig but definitive diagnosis generally requires a tissue sample for pathology diagnosis. Generally, any new solid lesion in a postmenopausal pt should be biopsied. Almost all lesions can be biopsied w/a needle (core bx). Surgery should not occur w/o a DX already made. Read more...

What are common types of benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps?

Cysts, fibroadenomas. Cysts and fibroadenomas are the most common benign lumps. But if someone feels a lump it is best to see a breast disease specialist and get a mammogram and a directed ultrasound of the lump. It is not possible to determine what it is based on size, how it feels, and age of person. Read more...
Breast Lumps. A benign tumor - known as a fibroadenoma - and fuid filled cysts are the most common benign conditions causing breast lumps. Your surgeon will examine you and perform a biopsy to determine the most likely cause. Read more...