Story by: Norton Healthcare on January 11, 2023
Finding a lump in your breast can be scary, and it’s easy to think of the worst-case scenario: cancer. However, the American Cancer Society notes that breast lumps are relatively common, and most are not cancerous. Regardless, do not hesitate to call your health care provider if you notice something is off.A lump may be discovered during a breast self-exam or accidentally, such as when applying deodorant. If you’re not sure if the lump should be checked, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and have it checked out.“There are many different causes of a lump in the breast, and it’s important to rule out nonbenign causes,” said Kathryn R. Bradley, M.D., OB/GYN with Norton Women’s Care. “The mass should be examined right away to check whether the lump is normal breast tissue, a cyst, a benign tumor or something that needs further testing.”
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women every year. Our team of OB/GYNs offers supportive and personalized care for every patient’s needs, including breast health.
After your exam, your provider may order additional testing. This could include a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. Based on the results of imaging, a biopsy could be needed.
Some women naturally have more breast lumpiness than others. If the texture you feel is consistent throughout the breast, then it could be normal breast tissue. For premenopausal patients, it’s worth noting that some breast lumpiness and/or tenderness is normal before and during a menstrual period. If the pain does not go away after the period ends, then it should be evaluated by a medical professional. Other benign causes include breast cysts or fibroadenoma.
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