Breast lumps and cysts are fluid-filled or solid masses that can be found in the breast tissue. They are common and are usually not a sign of breast cancer.
The symptoms of breast lumps and cysts can include a lump or thickening in the breast tissue, a change in the size or shape of the breast, or nipple discharge. Most breast lumps and cysts are not painful, but some may be tender or uncomfortable.
The treatment for breast lumps and cysts depends on the type and size of the mass. In most cases, a healthcare provider will recommend regular monitoring to check for any changes. If the lump or cyst is large or causing discomfort, it may need to be drained or removed surgically.
Breast lumps and cysts are usually benign, but can be a sign of breast cancer. Any new or unusual lump should be checked by a healthcare provider. Routine breast exams and mammograms are important for the early detection of breast cancer.