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

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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: You can't

Visit your doctor for a thorough check up.

In brief: You can't

Visit your doctor for a thorough check up.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery

In brief: You can't....

...But i can. It is very easy to distinguish being a cyst, which is fluid-filled, and a cancer, 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.

In brief: You can't....

...But i can. It is very easy to distinguish being a cyst, which is fluid-filled, and a cancer, 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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