With every passing year, the number of women opting for breast cancer treatment is increasing. Bad lifestyle and the multiple sources of carcinogens that have found their way into our lives are the major reasons behind such a bad state of health in women. While awareness is being imparted through various ways and women seem to be more informed about breast cancer and its various symptoms, “the lump” is still a less understood component of the disease. The lump in the breast determines the type of breast cancer and guides the oncologist towards the right treatment strategies. Read on to find out some important facts about a breast cancer lump.
Breast lumps vary by texture
When genetic mutations occur within a group of cells in the breast, then the cells grow abnormally and rapidly thus causing the breast cancer lump. In some women, the breast cancer lump is surrounded by a scar tissue that is formed as a result of the tissue damage. The scar tissue surrounding the lump will make it feel very hard and firm. Sometimes, the lump feels like nothing more than the thickening of the breast tissue. While this type of lump will contain smaller projections inside, they feel too flat and often go unnoticed.
Location of the breast cancer lump
Breast cancer lumps can occur along the tubes or ducts that connect the milk-secreting lobules to the nipples or within the lobules too. The former condition is called ductal carcinomas while the latter is referred to as lobular carcinoma. The lumps can be deeply rooted within the breast or can occur right behind the nipples. In some cases they are located near the skin or along the edges of the breast too. In general, the breast cancer lumps that are deeply embedded within the breast prove to be more serious than the ones that develop along the sides of the breast.
Breast cancer lump and pain
Apart from the texture and the location, breast cancer lumps can also be characterized based on the pain associated with them. In most cases, lumps that are painful and feel too tender to touch turn out to be benignant tumors or other less harmful outgrowths. Cancer lumps are generally not painful but lack of pain alone cannot be considered to determine the nature of breast lump. In fact, a study by San Diego State University revealed that about 15% women suffering from breast cancer experience pain in their lump. Proper diagnosis is essential to determine the nature of the lump and the reason behind the pain.
Breast cancer lump in men
Several breast cancer cases have been reported in men between the age of 60 and 70 in the past. Breast cancer can occur in men at any age and is as harmful as it can be for a woman. Breast cancer lumps in men occur closer to the nipple in most cases. Changes in the nipple and discoloration of the surrounding skin accompany the occurrence of the lump in the affected patient.