A fluid filled lump is a cyst. If it becomes bothersome, it can be drained. A hardened lump could be just dead tissue, an enlarged or infected gland, or breast cancer. Only examination by your doctor, with a mammogram and ultrasound will give you an idea of what it is, and a doctor would probably want to do a fine needle biopsy just to be sure whether it is cancer or not. 80% of lumps are benign.
I am a 3yr cancer survivor, bilateral mastectomy, 2 rounds reconstruction. No chemo, no radiation, oral chemo will total 5 years. Side effects difficult but doable. No hair loss, some weight loss....new perky boobs!
Get in to your doctor right away....to either put your fears aside, or to address the issue head on. I will do all I can to help you should you need it.
A cyst is a fluid-filled structure and by definition is benign. A complex cyst is also fluid filled, but has solid structures (walls or septations) within the cyst. The concern with a complex cyst is whether the solid components might (rarely) be malignant. Also, complex cysts can be more difficult to aspirate, since the areas of fluid may be separated into compartments. If there is concern, a biopsy can be done.
A solid lump can be a fibroadenoma, which is also benign, or some other abnormality, including cancer. Sometimes radiologists will recommend close follow-up (3 or 6 mths) of a solid lump if it does not have an obviously suspicious appearance, to see if it grows or changes, but the only sure way to determine what a soid lump is, is through biopsy.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.