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By Lucy Elkins for MailOnline. Finding a lump in the breast, however small, makes women think one thing: cancer. It's an understandable reaction.
During a breast self-examyou may notice lumps or a change in the texture of your breast. While this can make you worry, it's important to understand that most breast lumps are not cancerous. To complicate matters, many benign breast changes can mimic breast cancer.
There's a pretty common belief out there that if a weird lump arises on your breastyou might be able to feel around to determine if it's a benign cyst or a tumor. Let's be super-clear up front: Only a doctor can actually tell you what any new lump or bump on your breast might be, whether it's a benign cyst or, more rarely, a potential sign of breast cancer. With that said, since all breast bumps aren't created equal, different types sometimes have characteristic features that you can pick up on through your skin.
If you have found a lump in one of your breasts, most women begin to worry about breast cancer. After all, a lump can, in rare cases, mean cancer. They feel smooth or rubbery and move about under the fingers.
Don't panic. Nearly eighty percent of all breast lumps are benign non-cancerous. Benign breast lumps are usually moveable and smooth, and can often be found in both breasts.
A breast lump is a growth of tissue that develops within your breast. Finding a lump in your breast can be frightening and provoke anxiety. Most breast lumps aren't dangerous, but it's important to see your doctor to have them evaluated promptly.
There are different types of breast lumps. The following descriptions and illustraitons provides some details. If you have any questions, follow-up with your doctor.
There are many possible causes of non-cancerous benign breast lumps. Two of the most common causes of benign single breast lumps are cysts and fibroadenomas. In addition, several other conditions can present themselves as lumps, such as fat necrosis and sclerosing adenosis. A breast abscess is a pocket of pus that causes inflammation and a sore lump in the breast.