Breast exams allow you a greater awareness of the condition of your breasts. It may help identify potential breast problems. Breast exam is a self inspection of your beasts. During a breast exam, you use your eyes and hands to observe the appearance and feel of your breasts.
Breast exams, once thought essential for early breast cancer detection, are now considered optional. While other breast cancer screening tests have been proved to save lives, there’s no evidence that breast exams can do this. What’s now stressed is breast awareness — being familiar with the normal consistency of your breasts and the underlying tissue, as well as inspecting your breasts for new changes.
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Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs within your breast. You can have one or many breast cysts. They’re often described as round or oval lumps with distinct edges. In texture, a breast cyst usually feels like a soft grape or a water-filled balloon, but sometimes a breast cyst feels firm.
Breast cysts are common in women in their 30s and 40s. If you have breast cysts, they usually disappear after menopause, unless you’re taking hormone therapy.
Breast cysts don’t require treatment unless a cyst is large and painful or otherwise uncomfortable. In that case, draining the fluid from a breast cyst can ease your symptoms.
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Finding a breast lump or some other change in your breast may stir fears of breast cancer — and understandably so.
Try not to worry. The odds are in your favor. Most breast lumps — as many as four out of five that are biopsied — are noncancerous (benign). But it’s still important to have the breast lump evaluated by a doctor to be certain you don’t have cancer.
If evaluation of the breast lump reveals breast cancer, you’ve taken a vital step toward dealing with the disease. Early detection gives you the best chance for successful treatment.
During a breast self-exam, you’ll feel tissues of varying consistency. Glandular tissue usually feels firm and slightly rope-like, bumpy or lumpy (nodular); it’s primarily felt in the upper, outer region of your breast. Surrounding fat tissue is soft; it’s often felt in the inner and lower portions of your breast. The contrast between these two types of tissue is often more pronounced just before your period due to hormonal influences on the breast.
Besides changes related to your menstrual cycle, breast tissue also changes as you age. In the majority of women, breast tissue becomes more fatty and less dense over time. You may find that Continue reading Breast cancer