Fluctuation in hormone levels during your menstrual cycle is a common reason for changes in your breast, but breast lumps have several other benign causes. It is usually difficult to determine the cause of a breast lump without an examination, so getting your breasts checked by a GP is necessary.
If breast examination by the GP cannot diagnose the cause of the lump, a referral to a specialist may be necessary for a more extensive investigation and diagnosis. This may involve a biopsy, mammogram or ultrasound.
Our GPs at Medical Express Clinic can offer a referral without extra charges.
A breast lump can give varying symptoms depending on the underlying cause. Some breast lumps may not cause noticeable symptoms, but others may cause the following.
The feeling of thickening or a distinct lump in the underarm or breast. This is usually the primary symptom of a breast lump. The mass may feel different from the surrounding tissue or have a different size.
Some people may notice changes in their breast shape or size, such as dimpling of the skin or asymmetry between the breasts.
Sometimes, the lump may occur with tenderness, discomfort or soreness in the affected area.
Changes in the nipple, such as discharge (other than breast milk), scaling of the skin around the nipple, or nipple inversion
Skin thickening, redness or the appearance of a rash on the nipple area or breast is associated with some types of breast cancers.
While these symptoms may cause concerns, some breast lumps aren’t cancerous. Sometimes, lumps are benign (non-cancerous) and may be linked to cysts, hormonal changes or other conditions. However, if you notice any unusual or new changes in your breast, visit your healthcare provider to determine the cause and offer appropriate management.
Regular mammograms and self-exams can help in early detection and intervention. If you notice these changes, ensure you seek guidance from your healthcare professional for evaluation and proper diagnosis.
Different breast lumps occur, each with different characteristics and possible implications. Understanding the different types of breast lumps can help you know the appropriate medical evaluation to seek.
The common types of breast lumps are:
Treatments for breast lumps are different, depending on the type of lump, its characteristics, and if it is cancerous or benign. The common treatments for the types of breast lumps include:
If you notice a breast lump or have any concerns about your breast health, contact Medical Express Clinic on 02074991991 to schedule an appointment with our doctor for an examination.
We also offer same-day appointments and have female doctors to conduct the exam if you have a specific preference. Our services include evaluation and specialist referrals when necessary, and our experienced doctors have a special interest in women’s health.