Breast Lumps

Georgia Breast Care

Breast Surgeons & Surgical Oncologists located in Marietta, GA & Woodstock, GA

Finding a lump in your breast is an experience nobody wants to have, but breast lumps are quite a common problem. If you find a lump in your breast, the team at Georgia Breast Care in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia, is available to help. In most cases, they can reassure you that your lump isn’t cancerous. But if you do have breast cancer, they can provide the expert care and attention you need. Call Georgia Breast Care today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment using the online tool.

Breast Lumps

What can cause breast lumps?

It’s natural to be concerned about finding a lump on your breast, but most often the cause is not related to cancer.

Cysts, which are soft sacs filled with fluid, are a common cause of breast lumps. Cysts are typically harmless and often go away without treatment. You can also develop milk cysts when you’re breastfeeding, which have milk in them rather than the usual clear fluid.

If your breast tissue feels lumpy and painful, it could be due to fibrocystic breasts. You could have an injury to your breast tissue or a breast infection that makes the breast feel lumpy.

A variety of noncancerous lumps can be found in the breast, including:

  • Fibroadenoma
  • Hamartoma
  • Intraductal papilloma
  • Lipoma

In some cases, breast lumps are due to cancer, so if you do find a lump in your breast you should always visit Georgia Breast Care for a checkup.

How are breast lumps diagnosed?

Your provider at Georgia Breast Care discusses your symptoms with you and performs a physical exam to identify what could be causing the lump. You might also need to have additional tests to confirm the diagnosis. Tests could include:

Mammogram

A mammogram is a breast X-ray that your provider uses to identify the lump. If you’ve had a mammogram before, the previous one is useful to compare with the new mammogram.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a safe, painless method of creating images of your breast tissues using sound waves.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI combines radio waves and a magnetic field to create highly detailed images of your breast tissue.

Fine-needle aspiration

Using a fine needle, your provider can draw off a sample of fluid from a cyst for analysis. In many cases, drawing off the fluid causes harmless cysts to disappear.

Biopsy

There are several ways to harvest a small tissue sample from your breast for a biopsy. Your provider at Georgia Breast Care has access to advanced ultrasound-guided and stereotactic technology to help in taking a biopsy.

How are breast lumps treated?

Treatment for your breast lump can vary depending on what kind of lump it is. Antibiotics can treat infections, or you might need to have a cyst drained. Many types of breast lumps don’t require treatment at all.

If your breast lump is cancerous, your provider at Georgia Breast Care starts you on a carefully managed treatment program. You might need surgery to remove the lump (lumpectomy). In some cases, the whole breast needs to be removed (mastectomy). You might also need to have chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

It’s important to remember that although breast cancer is serious and you should always have any lumps checked out, in most cases, breast lumps aren’t cancerous.

If you find a breast lump, call Georgia Breast Care today or book an appointment online.