What are the causes of breastlumps?
Benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps are usually caused by hormonal changes in the female’s body. Moments of hormonal change may occur during:
- The menstrual cycle
- The menopause
If a woman experiences breast pain that is not linked to her menstrual cycle, it is called non-cyclic pain.
What Are Breast Lumps?
What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Lumps
What Are The Causes Of Breast Lumps?
How Is A Breast Lump Diagnosed?
What Are The Treatment Options For A Breast Lump?
Benign (non-cancerous) breast lumps may also be cause by:
- Mastitis – inflammationof tissue in one or both mammary glands inside the breast. Mastitis usually affects lactating women – women who are breastfeeding, producing milk. Hence, it is often referred to as lactation mastitis. The patient feels a hard, sore spot inside the breast. Mastitis can occur as a result of an infection or a blocked milk duct.
- Nipple discharge
- Dilated milk ducts
- Breast injury
- Post-operative scarring of breast tissue
Breast cancer – a tumor that has become malignant – it has developed from the breast cells. A ‘malignant’ tumor can spread to other parts of the body – it may also invade surrounding tissue. When it spreads around the body, we call it ‘metastasis’. A woman’s breast consists of lobules. Lobules are milk-producing glands. The breast is also full of ducts – milk passages that connect the lobules to the nipple. There is also fatty and connective tissue surrounding the ducts and lobules – this is called stroma.
The most common breast cancers start in the cells around the ducts. Others can start in the cells that line the lobules. A smaller number of breast cancers can start in other parts of the breast.
- What Are Breast Lumps?
- What Are The Signs And Symptoms Of Breast Lumps
- What Are The Causes Of Breast Lumps?
- How Is A Breast Lump Diagnosed?
- What Are The Treatment Options For A Breast Lump?