Mammary gland tumors are widespread, especially among women aged 30-50 years. Many diseases can lead to the formation of tumors in your breast. Most of these diseases are safe or with low risk. Do you want to find out the truth? Read here!
The generalized lump of the breast usually looks like lots of smaller bumps or balls or as a seal in some areas of the breast. You can see and feel it. Also, your breasts may also become sensitive.
Tumors can appear in both breasts around the nipples, in an upper chest, in an outer part of the breasts, especially before menstruation. Tumors appear and pass, change in size over a few days.
Generalized lumps of the breast used to be considered abnormal and even called as fibrocystic mastopathy, but it is so widespread that it is now considered as normal. Generalized lumps of the breast usually disappear after menopause, but can also be found in women who take hormone replacement therapy after menopause.
Below you can find the information about other types of breast lumps and their symptoms.
Cysts and tumor abscess
Cysts are sacs filled with fluid in the breast. They can be smooth, hard, and move under your fingers. They can be painful or sensitive or can be painless. Cysts occur under the influence of hormones that control the menstrual cycle. Cysts are rare in women older than 50 years and are not associated with breast cancer. If you have a cyst, your doctor may drain it to relieve the pain and confirm the diagnosis.
Cysts of the sebaceous glands appear in a reason of a blockage of the milky flow from the hair follicles. As cysts, they move under your fingers. Hormone stimulation or injury may trigger their increase. Cysts of the sebaceous glands that don't have symptoms don't require medical treatment. Removal usually involves a small incision in the skin and removing the whole lump.
Fat necrosis is a disease in which the normal fatty breast cells change and become round tumors. The tumor may or may not be painful and hard. The skin around the tumor may redden or turn blue. Fat necrosis may occur after a blow or other injury to the breast a few weeks or years after the injury. Fat necrosis usually goes away without treatment but can form permanent scar tissue, which can manifest itself as pathology on the mammogram.
Lipomas are noncancerous tumors of adipose tissue. They can be small or large. A woman can have one or multiple lipomas at the same time.
Adenoma is a noncancerous abnormal growth in the glandular tissue of the breast. The most common growths, fibroadenomas, are common for 20-year-old women and women of the African race. They are usually round and hard, have a smooth border. They are unable to move around a bit under your fingers to be soft and change with the menstrual cycle. Adenomas are not associated with breast cancer.
Intraductal papilloma is similar to condyloma growths in the ducts of the breast.
Intraductal papilloma is similar to condyloma growths in the ducts of the breast. They usually are felt under the nipple and can cause bloody discharge from the nipple. Women who are approaching menopause may have only one tumor.
Blood clots in the veins (thrombophlebitis) can be felt like a tumor. Phlebitis affects the large vein which regularly crosses the chest under the armpit (axillary fossa). Symptoms include pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the veins. Blood clots in the breast or on the walls of the chest are rare.
The dominant tumor in the breast is any tumor that is large, solid or different compared to the rest of the breast tissue.
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