Understanding Breast Lumps

8 Jun

Discovering any type of lump in your breast can raise immediate fears for any woman. Right away it is normal to fear the worst and think you may have breast cancer. If you do discover a breast abnormality then don’t panic and make an appointment with your doctor.

There are many types of breast lumps and not all of them lead to developing breast cancer. One common form of lump is a fibrocystic lump and this is benign lump. Other names that you may hear from your doctor include chronic mastitis, mammary dysplasia and benign breast disease.

If you doctor informs you that you have fibrocystic breast disease then you suffer from swollen and tender breasts which often have lumps associated with them. This normally does not lead to breast cancer.

With fibrocystic disease you may notice that only one breast is affected. Sometimes these conditions worsen during or near the time when your menstrual cycle is due. Most women find this condition uncomfortable, however, some women do experience a lot of pain.

Due to the fact that many women notice this in correlation to their period some specialists are now saying that this is not a disease at all. Instead they say that suffering from fibrocystic breasts is due to the monthly change in your hormones. This is still up for discussion at this time.

If you think you may be dealing with fibrocystic breast disease there are a few things you should make note of. First do you have a family history of breast disease and breast cancer? How long ago did you first notice the lumps in your breasts? When was your last period and finally have you recently started taking any new type of medication?

All of these things can point to whether or not you are at risk from developing breast cancer in the future. If you have a family history then you certainly don’t want to delay in visiting your doctor.

The majority of breast lumps are benign and sometimes if you have lots of lumps or they are extremely pronounced your doctor may decide to do a biopsy. The good news is that most usually come back with normal breast cell makeup.

Some studies have also shown that increasing your intake of Vitamin E can help relieve your symptoms of fibrocystic disease.  Taking in too much estrogen can also make your breasts feel swollen and full. Many breast enlargement creams contain higher doses so this is something to be cautious of.