When you feel that you are having a lump in your breast, it is reasonable to be concerned but not to draw conclusions. If you feel like something is not right, the best way to know it is by visiting and getting it cleared with your doctor. But just be confirmed that you haven’t fallen for these myths on breast cancer.
Every breast lump is not breast cancer. Get this clear. Most of the breast lumps that women feel are not cancer. It’s more common for them to be a cyst (a sac) or a fibroadenoma which is an abnormal growth that’s not cancer. While some lumps come and go during a the menstrual cycle. The best way to know, is to understand your body. Listen to what it says.
You have a lump but the mammograms normal is incomplete. Which means that may need more tests such as an MRI or an ultrasound or a follow up mammogram. This way you can just make sure of any future problems. A biopsy is also okay to get. This way the doctor can work on the sample of your lump.
Breast lumps are painless is a myth. This doesn’t mean that breast cancer are not always painful. On the other hand having a breast pain doesn’t rule out the cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer which has early symptoms such as redness, swelling, tenderness, and warmth in the breast can be painful when there is a lump.
Finding a lump while breast feeding is a cancer. Others believe in the myth that while breast feeding if you feel a lump it is not a cancer. Studies say that breast feeding reduces the chances of breast cancer, but there are chances that it can still occur. Do not ignore if you notice a lump in your breast while breast feeding. Just get an ultrasound check on the safer side.
Just because you are young, doesn’t mean that you cannot get a breast cancer. Lumps in the breast can happen at any age. So get it checked with your doctor. Majority of the women get lump post menopause period, that is after 50, but having a lump while you are young could be or could not be breast cancer.
Small lump mean no cancer. This another myth! People tend to believe that if you have a big lump then only you have a breast cancer and if you have a small lump, then no breast cancer. Here is the fact- breast lumps come in all size. When it comes to breast cancer, size doesn’t matter. Even if you feel a tiny lump, see a doctor.
If there is no breast cancer in the family, the lump is harmless. That is not true. Less than 15% of women with breast cancer have a relative who has had the disease.