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What is a Breast Lump?

A breast lump is a solid mass or tumor that develops in the breast. It can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Eight out of 10 cases of breast lumps are benign. The shape, size, and texture of the lump may vary and it may also cause pain in some cases. Two of the most common causes of breast lumps are cysts and fibroadenomas. Other causes may include fat necrosis and sclerosing adenosis.

Doctors lay a great emphasis on the breast health of the women to ensure that breast lumps are detected in the earlier stages and rule out the possibility of cancerous lumps. Therefore, it is important to know how your breasts normally feel and look so that you can identify the changes and describe them to the doctor.

How do Breast Lumps form?

Breast lumps most commonly form due to changes in the menstrual cycle and hormones. The formation of a lump in the breast varies based on the causes. For instance, fibrocystic changes in the breast can affect the milk ducts and tissues around them, making them wide, which can appear as lumps. Similarly, if a lump forms due to cysts, it gets filled with fluid and causes tenderness and changes in the breast size.

Types of disease

Fibroadenoma

Breast Cyst

Benign Fibrocystic masses

Breast Cancer

Causes

  • Abscess or infection
  • Adenoma or fibroadenoma
  • Fibrocystic changes
  • Simple cysts
  • Intraductal papillomas
  • Lipoma
  • Fat necrosis
  • Mastitis

Symptoms

  • Discovery of a new lump
  • A particular area of the breasts with a noticeable difference
  • A lump that doesn’t disappear after menstruation
  • The shape and size of the lump change frequently
  • The skin of the breasts becomes red or starts to peel
  • Bloody discharge from the nipple

Diagnosis

To self-diagnose the lump, lie down on your back. To assess the breast tissues, use the steps below-

  • Keep your right hand behind the head and use the middle finger of the left hand to check the breasts for any lumps by pressing them gently.
  • Sit up or stand to feel the armpit as breast tissues extend to that area too.
  • Squeeze the nipple slowly to see if there is any discharge.

There is another way you can self-diagnose the lump in the breasts.

  • Keep your arms by your side and stand in front of a mirror.
  • Observe your breasts directly and with the help of a mirror simultaneously for changes in the skin surface, such as crumpling, peeling skin, etc.
  • Notice the shape and outline of the breasts.
  • Check in which direction the nipple turns.

If you notice a significant difference in one or both breasts, consult a doctor right away.

Severity

The breast lumps are made up of fat tissues, fibrous tissues, glandular tissues, blood vessels, milk-producing lobules, and milk ducts. The anatomy itself has different structures that may feel like lumps or uneven tissues. However, this normal lumpiness can be distinguished from abnormal breast lumps.

A breast lump can be solid and immovable or movable, soft, and fluid-filled. The major factor that distinguishes a benign lump from a cancerous one is movement. The severity of the lump is determined by recognizing its movements. A fluid-filled lump that moves when touched is less likely to be cancerous than a lump that feels rooted in one place.

A lump is generally considered dangerous or severe if the following symptoms exist-

  • Changes in the skin around the lump
  • Nipple enlargement or discharge
  • Frequent changes in the size of the lump

Regardless of the severity, all breast lumps need to be evaluated. In most cases, the lumps are harmless and can be treated successfully. But in some cases, they can be cancerous as well. And it is difficult for a woman or even a doctor to determine whether a lump is cancerous or benign only by looking at it or feeling it.

When to consult a doctor ?

The right time to consult a doctor is as soon as you notice the lump. It is important that you are familiar with the shape and structure of your breasts to identify even the minor changes right away. Consult a doctor if-

  • You find a new lump in the breasts that is thickening gradually.
  • There is a change in the size, shape, and appearance of the breasts.
  • Breast pain that persists for a longer period of time.
  • You notice skin changes, such as itchiness or redness around the breasts.
  • There are changes in the nipple, such as excoriation or scaling.
  • There is a clear or bloody discharge from the nipple.

Questions to ask your doctor

Do I need surgery or other treatment methods can also work to treat the lump?
How many years of experience do you have in treating breast lumps?
What type of breast surgery will be suitable for the lump?
How long does the procedure take?
What will be the side effects of the treatment?
Will you provide me with a recovery guide after surgery?
How long will I have to stay in the hospital?

Cost of Breast Lump Removal in India

The cost of breast lump surgery in India ranges from Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 60,000 approximately. It is an estimated cost that depends on various factors, including-

  • Type of breast lump
  • The technique used for the removal
  • Surgeon’s fee
  • Hospitalization expense
  • Pre and post-surgery tests
  • Medications and support

You can get a closer estimate of breast lump removal specifically for you by talking to the doctor and hospital authorities.

Insurance coverage

Breast lump removal surgery is covered under insurance as the treatment is deemed medically necessary. There are very high chances that a breast lump can be cancerous and pose a threat to overall health. The health insurance policy covers the cost of medication, hospitalization, diagnostic tests, and other aspects of the treatment.

Whether the surgery is performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis, you will be able to pay the expenses of the treatment completely or partially. Make sure that you discuss the terms and conditions of the health insurance with the providers to understand the terms and conditions well.

Long term outlook of the treatment

The results of breast lump removal are permanent as the lump is completely removed and excised. However, the surgery doesn’t assure that another will never develop in the same or the other breast. In the long term, you will be asked to get your breasts examined after a specific time period to look for signs of recurrence. As you age, the body’s immunity is also affected which will make you prone to infections in the breast tissues and other problems as well.

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FAQ

Does breast lump go away on its own?

In young women, if breast lumps are related to menstruation, they can go away on their own. In other cases, the cause needs to be addressed to resolve the lump.

Are all breast lumps cancerous?

No. Not all types of breast lumps are cancerous. In most women, the breast lumps are benign and can be treated either with medications, non-surgical procedures or through surgery.

Is radiotherapy or chemotherapy needed after breast lump removal?

No. Radiotherapy or chemotherapy is needed after the removal of a cancerous lump. If the lump is benign, neither radiotherapy nor chemotherapy is needed after the lump removal.

Which doctor should I see for a lump in my breast?

The initial checkup of a breast lump is usually done by a primary care provider. After evaluating the lump, the doctor may ask you to either see a gynecologist, plastic surgeon, or oncologist for further diagnostic testing.

-Around 50% of women worldwide experience fibrocystic changes in the breasts that lead to the formation of lumps. The cause of these changes is hormone fluctuations.

-Fibroadenoma (77%) is the most common type of breast lump followed by fibrocystic disease (4.3%).

 

 

Benefits of Choosing Pristyn Care for Breast Lump Surgery

Being a full-stack healthcare provider, Pristyn Care ensures that our patients get the best-in-class treatment for all of their health needs. We are partnered with the best hospitals with top-grade infrastructure and the latest technologies. We follow the “patient-first” approach and offer the following benefits to simplify the patient’s treatment journey-

  • Well-trained surgeons with 10+ years of experience
  • Assistance from initial consultations to follow-ups
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  • Online and offline consultations without any upfront fee
  • Free post-surgery guidance and follow-ups
  • COVID safe environment at the medical centers

 

 

Book an Appointment with the Best Doctors for Breast Lump Removal

At Pristyn Care, we have the best team of doctors who are skilled and experienced in treating all types of benign breast lumps. Our surgeons have helped many women get rid of the lumps safely.

To book an appointment, you can-

  • Fill out the patient form by clicking on the “Book Appointment” button at the top. Our medical coordinators will get in touch with you shortly to confirm the appointment with an expert.
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  • Use Pristyn Care’s dedicated mobile application. The list of doctors is available in the application so that you can pick a doctor of your choice. You can confirm the appointment personally within the app.

Initial consultation with our doctor is free of charge. We will arrange everything for the consultation and you can plan the treatment for breast lumps.

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