Symptom: Breast lump
Breast lump: Lump in the breast or on the skin area
Introduction: A lump in the breast immediately brings fear of breast cancer, although most breast lumps are benign breast cysts. However, the failure to identify a breast lump as breast cancer is a common misdiagnosis (and a common allegation in malpractice law), and the survival rate after delayed detection is much lower, so the importance of correctly diagnosing a breast lump cannot be understated. There are also other causes of lumps in the breast or related region. Breast-feeding women are prone to breast lumps from mastitis. Men can get breast lumps in gynecomastia, but sometimes men can also get breast cancer. Any breast lump needs immediate professional medical advice to get a correct diagnosis and to detect cases of breast cancer.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Breast lump:
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Symptoms related to Breast lump: Nipple symptoms (4), breast swelling (11)
Breast lump type of: Breast symptoms (28), Lump (50)
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Possible causes of symptom: Breast lump: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Breast lump as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.
- Benign breast lumps
- Breast cyst (type of Cyst)
- Breast abscess
- Breast cancer
- Metastatic breast cancer (type of Metastatic cancer)
- Chronic cystic mastitis
- Fat necrosis
- Breast duct papilloma
- Sclerosing adenosis
- Ductal ectasia
- Lobular neoplasia
- Apocrine metaplasia
- Breast injury
- Skin lumps (see Skin bumps) - affecting the skin layer rather than the breast tissue underneath.
- Sebaceous cyst
- Certain medications - may cause swollen breasts
- See also causes of swollen breasts
Medications or substances causing Breast lump: The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Breast lump as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.
- Some drugs causing breast swelling include:
Conditions listing symptoms: Breast lump: The following list of conditions have 'Breast lump' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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Last revised: Apr 26, 2004
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