The fact is that finding a breast lump is a scary thing. It is also a scary thing when a breast lump or any type of mass is found on the breast through a mammogram. This writer knows this first hand. A cyst was found during one of her routine mammograms two years, ago. At that time, she could not feel the cyst. Now it has grown and she is able to feel it. However, this is not an unusual occurrence according to the site, Web MD.
Statistics shows that eight out of ten lumps found on a woman’s breast are not cancerous. These lumps could be a cyst which is also known as a sac in the lump. The lumps may be a fibroadenoma which is abnormal growth that grows in the breast for no apparent reason. The lump can also be related to a woman’s menstrual cycle. These types of lumps may even come and go according to one’s cycle. What other facts should a woman know about breast lumps?
The Procedure A Doctor Will Take When A Lump Is Found
There are steps that are usually taken when a woman finds a lump. The first step is to make a doctor’s appointment and get the lump examined. She should do this even if the statistics are low that the lump is cancerous. Of course, the lump may also be found through a mammogram, like it was with this writer.
Once the lump is found a mammogram will be scheduled. Next, an ultrasound may be scheduled to further evaluate the lump. This doesn’t mean that the woman has cancer. It just means that the doctor wants to look at the lump at a different angle. This is a good thing. Doctors should take lumps seriously just in case. However, this doesn’t mean that the patient has cancer. Therefore, she should try to remain calm. Next, a biopsy may be done to further rule out cancer.
Breast Pain Doesn’t Mean Cancer And Doesn’t Mean One Doesn’t Has Cancer
You can’t say you have cancer or don’t have cancer just because you have pain at the site of the breast lump. Cysts can cause pain, especially if the cyst is an area where clothes can rub it. However, you can’t say you don’t have cancer if you have pain. There is one form of breast cancer that can cause pain. This is known as inflammatory breast cancer.
It Is Possible To Have Breast Cancer While You are Breastfeeding
Yes, breast feeding can help reduce the chance of getting breast cancer. However, one can still have breast cancer and even find a lump indicating that they have this disease while they are in the act of breastfeeding. For this reason, if you find a lump, show it to your doctor.
The Size Of A Lump Doesn’t Determine Whether It Is Cancer
Lumps come in all sizes. Cancerous lumps also come in all sizes. You don’t have a higher or a lower chance of having cancer just because a lump is small or large.
Mammograms Can Miss Cancerous Lumps
No, test is foolproof. This includes mammograms. Therefore, if you feel a lump, get it checked out immediately by your doctor, even if you just had a mammogram. The mammogram could have missed the lump. You may also have dense breast tissue that makes it harder for lumps to be seen via mammograms.
Yes, when it comes to lumps you can’t always tell what one is by feeling it. That is why doctors perform such tests as mammograms and ultrasounds. That is also why you should never take a lump in your breast for granted.