Give us your feedback Was this article helpful? Apply light pressure closer to the surface of the breast and nipple. If you have a cyst your breasts may feel tender around the area, and your breast may change in size, growing before a period and shrinking afterward. Didn't get the message? Several other factors can cause the pain. Most lumps stay the same size, while some will shrink and in time may even disappear. Mammograms are an effective method for detecting breast cancer.
Breast cysts and trauma may cause pain. The pains can occur anywhere in either breast, but often start in the nipple and radiate to the armpit. It can also help to determine whether a breast lump is solid or fluid. Mastitis is an infection that often occurs in women who are breastfeeding. They can be single or multiple and can vary in size.
The medical terms for benign breast lumps are breast abscesses, breast cysts and fibroadenomas. Have you noticed changes in your breasts recently? Most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk. A mammography machine uses X-rays to create an image of the breast where fatty tissues appear dark while connective tissues appear white. A sebaceous cyst may occur if the ducts of sebaceous or oil glands become blocked.
Sometimes no further treatment is necessary once the breast lump has been diagnosed. See the Safety page for more information about x-rays. If fluid comes out and the breast lump goes away, your doctor can make a breast cyst diagnosis immediately. See a GP if you notice: There are two categories that reflect the nature of breast cancer:.