breast lumpIn the United States, a large number of women are diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age because of the excessive use of mammography. However, mammography is not the only reason for all cases of breast cancer.

Nipple discharge and a change in the feel or look of the breast or even the nipple are the most commonly seen symptoms of breast cancer. Some of the warning signs are as follows, they will help you differentiate between benign breast lumps and the cancerous ones-

Tips To Idenfitfy Benign Breast Lump

Breast Lumpiness Or Lumps

Breasts get lumpy in many women. A bumpy texture is possessed by breast tissue. The lumpiness becomes more pronounced for some women. However, it isn’t a cause of worry in most cases. If the lumpiness exists in both breasts and can be felt through it; it’s probably normal.

Breast Lumpiness

It should be a concern when lumps are different from the other breast and are harder. The presence of this lump is an indication of a benign breast condition such as fibroadenoma or cysts and also breast cancer.


A breast cyst is a benign or basically a not cancerous kind of sac in the breast. It is filled with fluid and tends to be very rubber like and feels smooth. There are both painful and painless breast cysts. Women over 50 rarely suffer from breast cysts.

breast cysts

This is because hormones of the menstrual cycle usually cause these cysts. These are smooth yet squishy and will feel like a water balloon when they are pressed. During the menstrual cycle, a cyst can change its size and even move around.


Although they are non-cancerous, Abscesses develop within the breasts sometimes and are quite painful. These typically develop in breast feeding women. The nearby skin of the breast feels solid and hot and becomes red.

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The glandular tissues grow abnormally or growths resembling these tissues develop in the breast and are called adenomas. The very common kind of adenomas are fibroadenomas and are usually experienced by women who are under 30, but can affected older women as well.

They don’t have any relation with breast cancer because they are non-cancerous or benign. They usually have plain borders and are firm and round.

Intraductal Papillomas

Intraductal Papillomas


These are almost wart like in shape and occur in the duct of the breast. A bloody discharge may characterize them and they usually occur below the breast nipple. One growth can be seen in women nearing menopause while multiple growths exist in young women.

Location of Lump

Breast cysts can be close to the chest wall inside or even near the surface. Distinguishing the cyst is easy from other lumps if it’s located near the surface. However, differentiating it from other breast lumps become difficult when it’s deep inside because firm and dense layers of breast tissue prevent you from feeling them properly.

Cancerous Lumps

A pebbly surface and an irregular shape will be seen in a malignant breast lump, like a golf ball. It will be like a slice of raw carrot and is thus hard. During a self-breast exam, it is hard to figure out if the lump is moving or the healthy tissue around it is moving. The diagnosis can be cleared with a mammogram or a breast exam. More information can be provided through a needle biopsy.

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