Most women experience breast lumps at some point. Understandably, it’s a normal reaction to panic upon finding a lump in your breast, given that it is one of the most common early signs of breast cancer.
However, not all lumps are cancerous, and it is important to know the difference. In young women, particularly, lumps are often related to menstrual periods that naturally disappear when the cycle ends. Nonetheless, it’s important to have any breast lump examined by a doctor, especially when it cannot be associated with an underlying cause.
Here is a handy guide to help you determine whether your breast lump requires a thorough check-up by a doctor.
What a breast lump feels like
Many people often mistake breast tissues as lumps since both can feel somewhat lumpy and sponge-like. However, according to medical professionals, there’s a noticeable difference between breast tissues and lumps.
Normal breast tissues have consistent fibrous mesh, while lumps can either be movable or not and can come in varying sizes. A breast lump will also most likely feel like a distinct mass with a more solid texture.
Oftentimes, how a breast lump feels depends on its cause, position, and progress. Breast lumps can vary from painful, hard and immobile, to soft, painless and easily moveable. Regardless, don’t be deceived by painless lumps in fixed areas, especially if they are firm and disproportionate as they might be cancerous.
What types of breast lumps should you be worried about?
As mentioned, breast lumps are quite common among women and do not usually require immediate medical attention. If you can feel the lumpiness throughout your breast and both breasts feel similar, then it might just be normal breast tissue.
It’s the lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of your breast that you should be concerned about. This type of lump may be a warning sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition that warrants medical attention.
Consult a doctor online if you find any of the following:
- A new lump that feels different from the rest of your breast
- A new lump that feels different from your other breast
- A new lump that feels different from what you usually felt before
If your breast lump is accompanied by other signs or symptoms, it’s highly recommended that you have it examined by a doctor as soon as possible. Breast lumps associated with other symptoms may indicate that you have breast cancer.
As mentioned previously, most lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always a good idea to see a doctor online if you are unsure and rule out any possibilities.
Below are some warning signs of breast cancer that you should also take into consideration:
- Change in the size or shape of your breast
- Scaling, dimpling, or redness at the top part of your breast
- Lumps in your armpit
- Lumps that keep on growing bigger
- Lumps that persist even after your menstrual cycle ends
- Nipple discharge
- Inversion of your nipple
You should always consult a medical professional about any changes in your body, including unusual breast lumps. Scheduling regular checkups and cancer screenings can potentially save your life and allow a smoother recovery process.
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