Have you noticed lumps in your breasts?
It’s important to check your breasts on a regular basis so that, if breast cancer starts to develop, you can catch it early. Like with all other forms of cancer, catching breast cancer early on — before it has had a chance to spread throughout the body — is important. But, what do you do if you notice a lump in your breasts when you’re examining them? First and foremost, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you feel something new or unknown when you’re doing your self-breast exams. But, it’s also important not to panic. There are many things besides cancer that can cause your breasts to feel lumpy; here are just a few of them:
#1. Dense Breasts
Breasts come in all shapes, sizes and — it turns out — densities. Some women simply have less fatty tissue and more connective tissue in their breasts than others. And, while density is usually only something that is spotted on a mammogram, it can also cause your breasts to feel lumpy. It’s important to do regular breast examinations so that you know right away if there is a new lump, or if an existing lump has started to change.
#2. Fat Necrosis
Fat necrosis is a fancy term for fat tissue that is dead, and it’s typically caused by injury, like from a rogue elbow or a seatbelt cutting into you during an abrupt stop. Radiation and surgery can also cause necrosis. Fat necrosis can be scary, as it often feels rock hard. And, even worse, sometimes fat necrosis doesn’t show up for one or two years after the injury, so it’s easy to assume it’s something much more sinister.
Fibroadenomas are common in younger women, and they are rubbery-feeling, non-cancerous lumps. Fibroadenomas can move around in the breast, and they don’t typically hurt. Typically, they are smaller than two centimeters, but if you’ve noticed a bigger one, your doctor may suggest biopsying it.
There are many things that can cause your breasts to feel lumpy, and most of them aren’t related to cancer in any way. That being said, you should never take a chance when you notice lumps in your breasts, particularly if they are new or they’ve changed.
If you have found lumps in your breasts that you’re concerned about, or if you have questions or concerns about any of the information we’ve gone over, please contact our OBGYN near you in Sarasota today.