Finding a lump in your breast can be frightening, but don’t panic; a lump doesn’t always signal breast cancer.
You can develop a mass in your breast for many, noncancerous reasons. In fact, according to Breastcancer.org, out of 10 lumps that form in the breast, eight are noncancerous.
At times, a surgeon may conduct a biopsy to test a tissue sample, and if they find the sample suspicious, they may proceed to remove the mass. If a surgeon confirms that the sample contains breast cancer, they may use lumpectomy to remove the tumor.
After undergoing lumpectomy, a breast cancer patient may need radiation, chemotherapy and other types of treatment according to the doctor’s recommendation.
Causes of Masses in the Breast
- Cysts – Hormonal changes, like those at the beginning of a menstrual cycle, may lead to harmless growths within a breast tissue
- Fibroadenoma – This refers to the thickening and hardening of a breast tissue. The tissue is normally not harmful
- Intraductal papillomas – It refers to the formation of hard and rubbery masses in the milk ducts. These masses are typically harmless
- Benign tumors – The solid growths are noncancerous. You may find them uncomfortable and sometimes, based on their location, they may cause nipples to leak. Examining the tumor cells under a microscope is the best way to establish if it’s benign or cancerous
Removal of Masses from the Breast
If you feel a lump in your chest, whether it’s painful or not, don’t ignore it. Visit our Texas Breast Care, so that one of our physicians can check to determine which type of mass you have.
If you have low breast cancer risk, you may only need to monitor the lump with additional check-ups.
If the lump in your chest is painful or malignant, the doctor may recommend a biopsy or a surgical procedure to get remove it. If physicians determine the mass is cancerous, they may remove those lymph nodes nearest to the breast tumor to find out whether cancer has spread. If they remove a cancerous tumor, then all the cancer cells must be removed as well.
Often, a mass in the breast doesn’t require any treatment, but at times, after the physician examines the lump, some type of treatment may be recommended. That’s why you may want to seek medical help from Texas Breast Care if you feel a new lump in your breast or an existing one grows.
If you feel a lump in your breast, don’t hesitate to seek medical help. Book an appointment on-line or by calling us at 214.379.2700.