Lumps in breast
Lumps in breast or breast cancer is a disease in which growth of the breast cells is out of control. Breast carcinomas can Start in any area of the breast. A breast has three main parts: lobules, ducts, and connective tissue. The lobules are glands that produce milk. The ducts are like tubes that carry milk to the nipple.
The connective tissue surrounds and holds everything together. Most type of breast cancers begin in the ducts or lobules.
Breast cancer can be spread outside the breast through blood vessels and lymph vessels. When breast cancer spreads to other parts of the body, this is known metastasized.
Kinds of Breast Cancer
The most common type of breast cancer are—
- Invasive ductal carcinoma. In this type the cancer cells grow outside the ducts into other parts of the breast tissue. Invasive ductal cancer cells can also spread, or metastasize, to other parts of the body.
- Invasive lobular carcinoma. This type of Cancer cells spread from the lobules to the breast tissues that are close by. These invasive lobular cancer cells can also spread to other parts of the body.
What Are the Symptoms of Breast Cancer?
- Pain in the Breast can be a symptom of cancer.
- Different people have different type of symptoms of breast cancer. Some people do not show any signs or symptoms at all.
Some warning signs of breast cancer are—
- A New lump in the breast or armpit.
- Thickening or swelling of any part of the breast.
- Irritation or dimpling of skin of the breast.
- Red or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
- Pain in the nipple area.
- Nipple discharge blood other than breast milk,
- Any kind of change in the size or the shape of the breast.
Keep in mind that these symptoms can happen with other conditions that are not cancer but are benign.
What Do Lumps in My Breast Mean?
There are many conditions that can cause lumps in the breast, including cancer. But most breast lumps are due to other kind of medical conditions.
Causes of breast Lumps:
The two most common causes of breast lumps are fibrocystic breast type conditions and cysts. Fibrocystic conditions are noncancerous changes in the breast that can make the breast lumpy, tender, and sore. Cysts are small fluid-filled sacs that may develop in your breast.
What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?
- Being a woman and old age is the main risk factor for breast cancer.
- Risk for breast cancer increases due to combination of factors. Most breast cancers find in women who are more than 50 years older.
- If you have breast cancer risk factors, talk with your doctor about how you can lower your risk and about screening for breast cancer.