Breast lumps are thought to be present in approximately 60 percent of all women, though many of these women are unaware of it. Breast lump formation is usually due fluctuations in hormones and/or inflammation. Believe it or not, only about 17 percent of these lumps are cancer. However, the statistics should not make you any less concerned because it’s still necessary that you visit your doctor for breast lump cancer evaluation.
“Prevention is better than cure” – and the old motto persists. This old adage which holds true in daily life has survived generations because indeed, prevention is better than any cure. How frequently have you heard your parents remind you to brush your teeth to prevent cavities; wash your hands before meals to prevent stomach upset; increase physical activity to improve health; and other similar matters. Well, this proverb likewise applies to breast lump cancer. Early recognition of breast cancer symptoms have been associated with increased rate of cancer survival.
Educating yourself on breast lump cancer symptoms can assist you in the early detection of this fatal disease. The signs that suggest a lump is more likely to be a breast lump cancer are the following:
• Only one lump is present
• A similar lump is not present on the other breast
•The lump feels hard and resembles a rock
•The lump has irregular margins
•The lump is stationary and cannot be moved around easily
•The lump is painful
•The lump is palpated at the middle portion of the breast
•The lump is accompanied by nipple discharge and dimpling of the skin
While a breast lump is usually 80 percent benign, there’s still a 20 percent chance that it’s a breast lump cancer. It is not possible for any woman, or doctor for that matter, to know for sure if a breast lump is benign or not. A woman must undergo diagnostic exams such as mammography and/or biopsy in order to find out for sure if the lump is actually breast lump cancer, or just another case of benign breast disease.