Most breast lumps are benign, which means theyre not cancer. Benign breast lumps usually have smooth edges and can be moved slightly when you push against them. They are often found in both breasts. There are several common causes, including normal changes in breast tissue, breast infections, or injury.
Do I have a lump in my breast or is it normal?
But breast lumps are common, and most often theyre noncancerous (benign), particularly in younger women. Still, its important to have any breast lump evaluated by a doctor, especially if its new, feels different from your other breast or feels different from what youve felt before.
How do you know if a breast lump is abnormal?
At an appointment to evaluate a breast lump, your doctor will take a health history and do a physical exam of the breast, and will most likely order breast imaging tests. Ultrasound is often the first or only imaging test used to evaluate a lump in women who are under age 30 or are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Why do I feel a small ball in my breast?
Most benign breast lumps and conditions are directly related to your menstrual cycle, to fluctuations in your hormones, and to the fluid buildup that comes with your monthly period. Other benign breast lumps and conditions may be related to plugged milk ducts, infections, or even breast injuries.
When should I go to the doctor for a lump in my breast?
Make an appointment to have a breast lump evaluated, especially if: The lump feels firm or fixed. The lump doesnt go away after four to six weeks. You notice skin changes on your breast, such as redness, crusting, dimpling or puckering.
Should I go to the ER for a lump in my breast?
Pain. Although cancer can be painful, more often it is painless. If your breasts are painful or if you have a tender lump, its likely related to cysts or hormones. If the pain persists for more than a few weeks, see a doctor.