The feel of a breast lump depends on its cause, location, and growth.
They can vary greatly from painful, hard, and immobile to soft, painless, and easily moveable.
According to BreastCancer.org, lumps are most likely to be cancerous if they do not cause pain, are hard, unevenly shaped, and immobile.
What does normal breast tissue feel like?
Normal breast tissue often feels nodular (lumpy) and varies in consistency from woman to woman. Even within each individual woman, the texture of breast tissue varies at different times in her menstrual cycle, and from time to time during her life.
What should I feel in a breast exam?
Begin with a visual examination of your breasts
To inspect your breasts visually, do the following: Face forward and look for puckering, dimpling, or changes in size, shape or symmetry. Check to see if your nipples are turned in (inverted). Inspect your breasts with your hands pressed down on your hips.
How do you know if its a lump or breast tissue?
Many women may find their breasts feel lumpy. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it’s likely normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change should be checked.
How do you check your breasts?
Look at your breasts and feel each breast and armpit, and up to your collarbone. You may find it easiest to do this in the shower or bath, by running a soapy hand over each breast and up under each armpit. You can also look at your breasts in the mirror. Look with your arms by your side and also with them raised.