Research from the Mayo Clinic states that eight of every 10 breast lumps are not cancerous and, according to the American Cancer Society, the most common physical changes in the breasts – lumps, tenderness or discharge – are usually linked to benign conditions, i.e., conditions that do not lead to cancer. The most common diagnoses related to a breast lump, says the ACS, include fibroadenoma (a benign solid tumor), fibrocystic changes (benign breast changes), atypical hyperplasia (fast-growing abnormal cells), cysts (benign, fluid-filled sacs), or non-invasive cancers, such as ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) – a cancer of the milk ducts.
A lump or cyst may be detected by a woman during a BSE or by her doctor during a clinical exam. A lump that is also tender and warm to the touch is likely a breast infection. A cyst is a round or an oval mass, can move when touched, and is full of fluid. Found in about one in three women between ages 35 and 50, cysts are diagnosed by a breast ultrasound or biopsy.
Most benign breast conditions do not raise your risk of developing breast cancer. Depending on your diagnosis, your doctor may wish to perform imaging tests such as an ultrasound or MRI, or more frequent mammograms to keep a close eye on your health.
Did you know that seven out of 10 women wear the incorrect bra size? Join Healthy Woman and Belk for a free bra fitting at their Weatherford store all day this Friday, March 15. Call 817-594-2295, ext. 245, to book your appointment today. To learn about more health education opportunities for women, join the Healthy Woman Program by visiting www.WeatherfordRegional.com/HealthyWoman.
For more information on various breast diseases and conditions, the anatomy of the breasts, other screening tools and more, visit www.WeatherfordRegional.com, choose the “Health Resources” tab and type “Breast Health” in the search box.
About the author
Danica Jordan, D.O. is a board-certified family medicine physician at Lone Star Family Care and a member of the medical staff at Weatherford Regional Medical Center. She provides care for men, women and children of all ages and is now accepting new patients. To schedule your appointment, call 817-489-7300 or visit LoneStarPhysicians.com.