These changes are sometimes called fibrocystic changesand used to be called fibrocystic disease. Areas of fibrosis feel rubbery, firm, or hard to the touch. They are often felt as a round, movable lump, which might also be tender to the touch.
A breast lump is a mass that develops in the breast. Breast lumps vary in size and texture and may cause pain. Some are not found until a physical or imaging exam.
A cyst in the breast may feel like a lump, but upon examination the lump is a small, generally harmless sac filled with fluid rather than a cancerous or benign lump of cells. You may have one cyst or many cysts that appear together. The free resource, Abnormal Mammograms and What to Do Nextdetails the different kinds of tests you may need and includes a list of specific questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment.
We present the case of a year-old female who presented to our hospital with nodular swelling in her breast that first appeared in the right upper quadrant 10 months earlier, followed by involvement of the left upper quadrant along with nodular swelling in the right inguinal region for the past six months. She was also complaining of breathlessness on exertion and right-sided pleuritic chest pain for the past one year. Her chest X-ray showed well defined consolidation in the right lower lobe of the lung with pleural effusion.
A more recent article on common breast problems is available. See related patient information handout on breast painwritten by Amy S. Weichel, D.
Breast lump removal is surgery to remove a lump that may be breast cancer. Tissue around the lump is also removed. This surgery is called an excisional breast biopsy, or lumpectomy.