Breast lumps are common, especially in women ages 30 to 50. A number of conditions can result in a lump or lumps in your breast. Most of these conditions are harmless or of minor concern. if a person has breast cancer, they tend to notice symptoms like lumps near the breast and discharge from the nipple. People normally ask “what does a breast cancer lump feel like” ? In this article, we’ll review what breast cancer is, its symptoms and what does a breast lump feels like.
What is breast cancer ?
Breast cancer is a disease whereby cells in the breast grow out of control. Here, the breast cells change and grow out of control, thus creating a mass of tissue. Breast cancer can invade and grow into the tissue surrounding your breast. It can also travel to other parts of your body and form new tumors. When this happens, it is said to have metastasized.
Symptoms of breast cancer
You may experience one or more of the following most common breast cancer symptoms:
- A hard, irregular-shaped breast lump
- skin irritation or scaling
- redness of the skin on the breast and nipples
- a thickening of the skin on the breast and nipples
- swelling in the arm
- swelling under the armpit
- swelling around the collar bone
- Fluid leaking from your nipple
- nipple texture and color changes
What Does a Breast Cancer Lump Feel Like
A cancerous breast lumps tend to be more irregular in shape. Though the lumps don’t all feel the same, they may be feel firm or solid, and might be fixed to the tissue in the breast. They are also often painless.
Most commonly, a cancerous lump in the breast:
- is a hard mass
- is painless
- has irregular edges
- is immobile (doesn’t move when pushed)
- appears in the upper outer portion of your breast
- grows over time
Your doctor should examine any lump, whether or not it meets the most common symptoms listed above.
Again, a cancerous lump may feel rounded, soft, and tender and can occur anywhere in the breast. In some cases, the lump can even be painful.
How is breast cancer treated.
There are several breast cancer treatment options, including surgery,
- radiation therapy,
- hormone therapy
- immunotherapy and targeted drug therapy.
What’s right for you depends on many factors, including the location and size of the tumor, the results of your lab tests and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of your body.