Are you worried about your Breast Lumps?
Breast lumps are not only found in women, men can also develop a condition called gynecomastia where the area becomes swollen and tender and a lump may be present under the nipple. Men are also susceptible to breast cancer, and should report any lumps found to their GP.
Check for breast lumps or changes in appearance/feeling to the breast by doing a self-examination at home. Here’s what to check for:
- A lump or swelling
- Change in nipple position
- A change in feel or appearance
- Nipple discharge
- Rash or redness
- New pain or tenderness
You should see a GP if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, they will examine the area and try to diagnose the issue. If they are unable to do so they may send you for further testing.
- Breast cancer
- Breast cysts (fluid-filled sacs in breast tissue that are usually benign)
- Fibrocystic breasts (lumpy or rope-like breast tissue)
- Galactocele (a milk-filled cyst that's usually harmless)
- Intraductal papilloma
- Mastitis (an infection in breast tissue that most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding)
What do breast lumps feel like?
Breast lumps are usually found closer to your armpit and may feel hard compared to the rest of your breast tissue. Breast lumps are not always a sign of cancer and may related to hormonal changes especially during a menstrual cycle. If you are concerned it is best to speak to a doctor who will determine the next steps.