Alvin Yeo

Alvin Yeo

Decoding the lumps in your breast

When should you start to panic when you feel a lump or bump in your breast? The good news is that 9 out of 10 lumps in breasts are not cancerous. Find out what different lumps could possibly mean.

Normal breasts can feel lumpy which is due to normal changes in breast tissue. However, while the lump may be benign, treatment is recommended if the lump is getting too large and causing pain.

Let’s have a look at the different situations you might experience

A single lump that’s hard on the outside, squishy on the inside.
What it is: This is usually a cyst. They feel like a solid, oval-shaped mass and typically occur as a distinct, solitary lump. It’s important to have a cyst diagnosed to make sure that it is not a breast cancer lump.

Tender, lumpy breasts
What it is: Painful, lumpy breasts may occur about 14 days before the onset of your period. This can also be triggered by stress, or the consumption of excess salt or caffeine.

A firm, unmovable hard lump in the breast with redness
What it is: Known as mastitis or breast abscess, a hard lump in the breast with redness over it could mean you have an infection. This is especially if it is accompanied with breast pain and a fever, so get checked by your doctor.

A small, solid round lump that can be moved
What it is: It is often a fibroadenoma, a benign and usually painless condition. It commonly appears as a single lump that feels like a small rubber ball inside the breast tissue and can be easily moved around. Be sure to meet your doctor for a biopsy to determine if it is really benign.

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU DETECT A CHANGE?

Don’t risk it – schedule an appointment with one of the doctors or gynaecologists on our Raffles Shield Panel for a clinical breast exam and consider a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound. If benign, you will have a peace of mind. Be diligent about regular self-exams and yearly clinical exams. Monitor the developments of cysts as they can put you at increased risk for breast cancer.
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