Evaluation of breast lumps is one of the biggest challenges for all breast specialists. Breasts are by nature lumpy, and this lumpiness is accentuated by hormonal stimulation, as occurs with the menstrual cycle, and by hormone replacement therapy.
Most lumps are not cancer, but if a lump is cancerous, it is imperative to make the diagnosis as soon as possible.
The majority of malignant breasts lumps tend to be first detected by women themselves. Only 5% of breast lumps that eventually prove to be cancerous were found first by the health care professional. Usually, lumps that are found “by accident” tend to be large, and require aggressive treatment. The number of women who are performing self-breast exams is growing and the small lumps found during self-examination typically have an excellent prognosis.
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At our office we provide treatment for the following types of breast lumps:
- Fibrocystic conditions
- Breast Cysts
- Fibrocystic Breast Lumps
- Fibroadenoma and multiple Fibroandenomas
- Cystosarcoma Phylloides
- High risk breast lumps
- Breast Cancer
Breast pain is the most common symptom that we see. We see two common forms of breast pain: cyclic and non-cyclic. Usually, breast pain is very common in younger, premenopausal women. Fortunately, the vast majority of patients with breast pain do not have breast cancer.
Cyclic breast pain occurring in both breasts a few days before the onset of menstruation is normal. At times, the pain can become more severe and extend throughout the entire menstrual cycle. Although there are some simple treatments that are helpful, for many women, cyclic breast pain becomes a major problem.
We offer different types of treatments to help reduce cyclic breast pain.
Non-cyclic breast pain is when women experience pain, usually in one breast, that seems unrelated to the menstrual cycle and is not related to other obvious causes such as trauma or pregnancy. The pain can occur anywhere in either breast, but often starts in the nipple and radiates to the armpit. Such pain is quite common and is probably of neurogenic origin.
Nipple discharge can be an early sign of breast cancer. However, there are different types of nipple discharge. Discharge that comes out without squeezing is the only type of discharge of concern. If you have spontaneous discharge, please call our office immediately to schedule a consultation. Another indicator is the color of the discharge. Worrisome discharge is typically either bloody or clear. Discharge that is green, milky, or any other colors is almost always of no concern. However, your doctor should evaluate every type of discharge that is not related to breastfeeding.