Are breast nodules common?
If you find a breast lump or other change in your breast, you might worry about breast cancer. That’s understandable. But breast lumps are common, and most often they’re noncancerous (benign), particularly in younger women.
Are breast nodules usually cancerous?
Most breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous). Your doctor will likely perform a physical exam to evaluate a breast lump. To determine whether that lump is benign, your doctor will likely order a mammogram and breast ultrasound. In addition, breast MRI, PET/CT or scintimammography may be obtained.
What percentage of breast nodules are benign?
Of all breast lumps, 60 to 80% are benign.
Can a benign lump in breast turn into cancer?
Breast lumps often form when excess cells accumulate and bind together. One common type of benign breast mass is a fibroadenoma, which can develop if breast tissue grows over a milk-producing gland (lobule). Like most breast lumps, fibroadenomas are not serious and will not become cancerous.
What is a breast nodule on mammogram?
A potential abnormality on a mammogram might be called a nodule, mass, lump, density, or distortion: A mass (lump) with a smooth, well-defined border is often benign. Ultrasound is needed to see and describe the inside of a mass. If the mass contains fluid, it is called a cyst.
Can breast nodules go away?
It’s hard not to panic when you discover a breast lump. Fortunately, most lumps aren’t cancerous. Your healthcare provider can order the appropriate tests to determine what’s causing benign breast disease. Most people don’t need treatment — lumps go away on their own.
What percentage of breast nodules are malignant?
Commonly developing from the mammary glands or ducts, such malignant lumps generally (about 50 percent) appear in the upper, outer quadrant of the breast, extending into the armpit, where tissue is thicker than elsewhere.
What percentage of breast nodules are cancerous?
Finding a lump in your breast can be frightening — but although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, most breast lumps are not cancer. In fact, more than 80 percent of them end up being benign. In a small percentage of women, a painful breast lump turns out to be cancer.
Should benign breast lumps be removed?
Finding a lump can be scary, but these breast changes are benign (not cancer). Certain types of breast disease increase your risk of breast cancer. You should notify your healthcare provider about any breast lumps or changes. Most noncancerous lumps go away without treatment.