What to do if you find a Breast Lump
Discovering a breast lump can send a person into a wave of emotions, from initial concern to full-blown panic. They may worry about how they are going to tell their family, sometimes even before considering visiting a doctor for a diagnosis. If you have a breast lump, you should always seek a medical examination. We understand the anxiety this can cause, which is why we are here to help you know what to do if you find a lump in your breast.
Firstly, not all lumps are cancerous, and most are not harmful, although each situation should be treated seriously. Breast cysts are a common cause of breast lumps and can be diagnosed during a breast examination at our clinic. Anyone can develop breast cysts at any age, including men, but they are most common in women over 35 and develop naturally as the breast changes with age.
While cysts are not an indicator of a more serious problem, such as breast cancer, they can be painful. Therefore, we recommend having them checked to be safe. By attending Suffolk Breast Practice, you will be treated with our specialist knowledge and equipment to ensure you receive the best care and advice. Never attempt to self-diagnose your breast lump; professional examination is always recommended.
Another common cause of breast lump is a fibroadenoma, which can also be painful. It is a benign condition and usually doesn’t increase the risk of breast cancer. Fibroadenomas often develop during puberty and so are naturally more common among younger women, although they can also develop at any age. While fibroadenomas can get bigger, some will also decrease in size and vanish over a period of time. Other benign breast conditions in which lumps are a symptom include mastitis and breast abscesses, which can cause painful swelling and irritation. Visit ‘When to seek help for Breast Pain’ to learn more about mastitis and breast infections. Remember, there are many types of breast lumps; if you have any of these symptoms, you should have them checked by a medical professional.
Is my Lump Cancerous?
Knowing whether a lump is cancerous can be difficult, which is why we offer a medical examination for you and ask you to be breast aware. A lump may be cancerous if it has appeared suddenly and is large and hard. The feel of the breast lump can vary depending on its size and location. It may also be painless, although not always, and the surrounding area of the breast may be swollen and sore. Other symptoms can include nipple discharge and general swelling of the breast in terms of size and shape.
It is important to carry out a self-examination to check for any abnormalities. You can do this while in front of a mirror and always be mindful of what feels right to you, noting any changes. If you find a lump, feel its size and shape. Remember not to self-diagnose; we recommend you book an appointment with us at Suffolk Breast Clinic for a professional examination.
Most lumps are not cancerous and do not require treatment, but it is important to have them checked by a specialised breast clinic. If you are experiencing general breast pain, please visit our blog to read more or, alternatively, contact us for more information.
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Suffolk Breast Practice offers an impartial and empathetic service to ensure every patient’s needs are met. We understand how anxious you may be after finding a lump in your breast. That is why we are committed to ensuring you are aware of the facts on breast lumps. We will provide you with information on treatment procedures that may be required for you to make an informed decision on how to proceed.
Every patient’s case is different; therefore, we offer a treatment service bespoke to the needs of the patient. Following a breast examination, treatment may include a biopsy to determine whether the lump is malignant.
In most cases, lumps do not require surgery and often disappear without the need for treatment. If you have a breast cyst, it may be beneficial to have it drained. Medication may also be recommended to alleviate any pain you are experiencing. If a lump is determined to be malignant, an operation may be required to remove it.
Suffolk Breast Practice will support you through whichever treatment plan is agreed upon. We offer a calm and non-judgmental service that is sensitive to your needs to ensure you receive the highest standard of care possible.