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|i have lumps under my left breast. what should i do?
re: dont know by Dr. J.S. Chowhan - May 6th, 2012 7:02 am
Dr. J.S. Chowhan
You should get your breast lump immediately examined by your doctor.
Breast lumps ideally should be checked about one week after your period starts. Fibrocystic alterations in the breast are usually irregular and mobile, and you will find more than one lump. Cancerous tumors are often hard and firm and do not typically move a good deal.
Your breast is composed of several glands and ducts that lead to the nipple and the surrounding colored area known as the areola. The milk-carrying ducts extend in the nipple into the underlying breast tissue such as the spokes of the wheel.
Underneath the areola are lactiferous ducts. These fill with milk during lactation after a woman includes a baby. Whenever a girl reaches puberty, changing amounts of hormones make the ducts to grow and cause fats in the breast growth to improve. The glands that produce milk are called mammary glands that are attached to the surface of the breast through the lactiferous ducts may extend to the axilla.
There are no muscles in the breasts, but muscles lie under each breast and cover the ribs. These normal structures within the breasts can occasionally make them feel lumpy. Such lumpiness may be especially noticeable in women who are thin or who have small breasts.
Lumps within breast tissue are usually found unexpectedly or throughout a routine monthly breast self-exam. Most lumps are not cancer but represent changes within the breast growth. As your breasts develop, changes occur. These changes are relying on normal hormonal variations.
Breast pain is a very common breast problem mostly in young women who are still having their periods, and happens more infrequently in older women. Although pain is a concern, breast pain is not the only real symptom of cancer of the breast. Most breast cancers involve a mass or lump.
Cyclic mastalgia: About two-thirds of women with breast pain have a problem called cyclic mastalgia. This pain typically is worse before your menstrual period and usually is relieved at that time your period begins. The pain may also happen in varying degrees throughout the cycle. Due to the relationship to the menstrual cycle, it is believed to be caused by hormonal changes. This kind of breast pain usually happens in younger women, even though condition continues to be reported in postmenopausal women who take hormone replacement therapy.
Noncyclic mastalgia: Breast pain that is not associated with the menstrual period is called noncyclic mastalgia. It happens more infrequently compared to cyclic form. It typically occurs in women over the age of 40 years and is not associated with the menstrual period. Frequently it is associated with a fibrous mass also known as a fibroadenoma or a cyst.
Breast pain or tenderness could also exist in a teenage boy. The problem, called gynecomastia, is enlargement from the male breast which might occur like a normal part of development, often during puberty.
Breast infection: The breast consists of hundreds of tiny milk-producing sacs called alveoli. They are arranged in grapelike clusters throughout the breast. Once breastfeeding begins, milk is manufactured in the alveoli and secreted into tube-shaped milk ducts that empty through the nipple. Mastitis is definitely an infection from the tissue from the breast that occurs most frequently during the time of breastfeeding. This infection causes pain, swelling, redness, and increased temperature of the breast. It may occur when bacteria, often in the baby mouth, enter a milk duct via a crack in the nipple. This will cause contamination or painful inflammation of the breast.
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