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 a cancer lump feel like hard or soft?
Bumps that are cancerous are typically large, hard, painless to the touch and appear spontaneously. The mass will grow in size steadily over the weeks and months. Cancerous lumps that can be felt from the outside of your body can appear in the breast, testicle, or neck, but also in the arms and legs.
Where are breast cancer lumps usually found?
Commonly developing from the mammary glands or ducts, such malignant lumps generally (about 50 percent) appear in the upper, outer quadrant of the breast, extending into the armpit, where tissue is thicker than elsewhere.
Do breast cancer lumps move?
That is, a fluid-filled lump that rolls between the fingers is less likely to be cancer than a hard lump in your breast that is rooted. This is not to say all benign lumps move and all cancerous lumps don’t.
How big is a breast cancer lump?
It’s common to have tumors that are 2 to 3 centimeters in diameter by the time a woman can feel it in a self-exam.” Merrigan uses a 3-D display (like the one above) in her office so patients can see and feel models of breast cancer tumors of various sizes.
How do you tell if a lump is a tumor?
A doctor may use an ultrasound to examine a cyst or tumor located deep within the body. Ultrasound imaging can often show whether a lump is hollow, fluid-filled, or a collection of cells. In some cases, a doctor may request a biopsy, which involves removing the lump or cells from it.
When should I be concerned about a lump?
When to see a doctor
Anyone concerned about a hard lump under their skin should see a doctor for a diagnosis. Hard lumps are often nothing more than a cyst or swollen lymph node. People should seek medical attention for a lump under the skin if: they notice any changes in the size or appearance of the lump.
What is usually the first sign of breast cancer?
Early signs of breast cancer include: nipple discharge from one breast that is clear, red, brown, or yellow. unexplained redness, swelling, skin irritation, itchiness, or rash on the breast. swelling or a lump around the collarbone or under the arm.
Can a solid mass in breast be benign?
Breast Mass or Lumps
Approximately 90% of palpable breast masses (masses that can be felt) are benign and are not cancer. The most common cause of a breast mass is fibrocystic or normal tissue. The next most common causes are cysts and fibroadenomas. Breast masses are categorized as being solid or cystic.
What percentage of breast lumps are cancerous?
Although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women, most breast lumps are not cancer. In fact, more than 80 percent of them end up being benign.
How can you tell if a breast lump is movable?
It is movable under the skin, round and hard like a marble, and may be identified by FNA or biopsy, or removal of the lump. If the fibroadenoma shrinks or doesn’t grow over time, and your doctor is sure of the diagnosis, he or she may decide to simply leave it alone.
How quickly does breast cancer develop?
Breast cancer has to divide 30 times before it can be felt. Up to the 28th cell division, neither you nor your doctor can detect it by hand. With most breast cancers, each division takes one to two months, so by the time you can feel a cancerous lump, the cancer has been in your body for two to five years.
Do breast cancer lumps hurt when you push on them?
A lump in your breast
A lump or mass in the breast is the most common symptom of breast cancer. Such lumps are often hard and painless, though some may be painful. Not all lumps are cancer, though. There are a number of benign breast conditions (like cysts) that can also cause lumps.