There are many things that can cause breasts to feel lumpy that aren’t related to cancer.
When you’re doing your monthly breast exams, and you notice that your breasts are feeling lumpy, the first thing you should do is contact your doctor. But, it’s also important not to panic, as there are actually many things that can cause your breasts to feel lumpy. Be sure to check out our previous blog to learn about the first three causes we’ve gone over, and keep reading to learn more.
Your breasts not only change as you age; they can change quite a bit throughout the month, too. In fact, many women feel lumps or experience other changes in their breasts prior to and during their period. These lumps can be achy, and you can take over-the-counter pain medications to ease the discomfort. Keeping track of the changes in your breasts throughout your menstrual cycle each month will help to ease your mind when these types of lumps show up.
#5. Fibrocystic Breast Changes
As you age, your breasts can start to change in a couple of ways. Fibrosis, which is more common in women between the ages of 30 and 60, simply means that there is extra connective tissue in the breast, making them feel lumpy. Cysts, which are small sacs that are typically round and filled with fluid, are common in women who have fibrosis.
Papillomas are breast tumors that consist of blood vessels, as well as fibrous tissue and gland tissue, and they form in the milk ducts. They often appear as lumps that are close to the nipple, and they are well-defined, so you’ll be able to feel them. Sometimes, papillomas cause the nipples to excrete a bloody or clear discharge. These tumors are most common in women who are between the ages of 35 and 55, and they can be surgically removed. Having a papilloma doesn’t always mean that you have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, but it can if you have a family history of breast cancer, you develop one at an early age, you have more than one or the papilloma has abnormal cells in it.
Although there are lots of other causes of lumps in breasts besides cancer, you should never take a chance when you feel a lump. Always consult your doctor. If you have felt a new lump or a changing lump in your breasts, contact our OBGYN near you today in Venice.