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What can a lump in breast mean besides cancer?

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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

Could be a benign cyst, an infection, a benign tumor such as a fibroadenoma.

In brief: Many things

Could be a benign cyst, an infection, a benign tumor such as a fibroadenoma.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Herbert Hoover
If there has been trauma, the mass could be a hematoma that usually will resolve slowly on its own.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

Cysts are common.
Other things include breast papillomas, fat necrosis, sometomes skin conditions that overlie the breast. Many lumps are simply normal breast tissue that is denser in some areas than others (we used to call this fibrocystic disease). We use mammography and ultrasound to aid our diagnostic capabilities.

In brief: Many things

Cysts are common.
Other things include breast papillomas, fat necrosis, sometomes skin conditions that overlie the breast. Many lumps are simply normal breast tissue that is denser in some areas than others (we used to call this fibrocystic disease). We use mammography and ultrasound to aid our diagnostic capabilities.
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cysts, benign tumors

In my surgical practice, the most common cause of a well-defined breast lump is a cyst.
This can easily be differentiated from a tumor by ultrasound or needle aspiration. If the lump is solid, it may be due to a benign tumor (ie, fibroadenoma) or a cancer; the only way to determine this is by tissue diagnosis, which can usually be done by needle-biopsy in the office or breast center.

In brief: Cysts, benign tumors

In my surgical practice, the most common cause of a well-defined breast lump is a cyst.
This can easily be differentiated from a tumor by ultrasound or needle aspiration. If the lump is solid, it may be due to a benign tumor (ie, fibroadenoma) or a cancer; the only way to determine this is by tissue diagnosis, which can usually be done by needle-biopsy in the office or breast center.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Mark Pack
Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple things

It could be an abscess, cyst, fibroadenoma, lipoma, hematoma.
.. See your doctor to evaluate the mass.

In brief: Multiple things

It could be an abscess, cyst, fibroadenoma, lipoma, hematoma.
.. See your doctor to evaluate the mass.
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack
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