A cancerous lump may feel rounded, soft, and tender and can occur anywhere in the breast.
In some cases, the lump can even be painful.
Some women also have dense, fibrous breast tissue.
Feeling lumps or changes in your breasts may be more difficult if this is the case.
How can you tell if a lump is cancerous?
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.
Do cancerous lumps move around?
While the sizes of breast cancer lumps vary from case to case depending on the stage of the disease, what typically differentiates a benign breast lump from a cancerous breast lump is movement. This is not to say all benign lumps move and all cancerous lumps don’t.
What does a cancer lump feel like in the armpit?
The lumps can range in size from very tiny to quite large. The texture of the armpit lump may vary according to what is causing it. For example, a cyst, infection or fatty growth may feel soft to the touch. However, fibroadenomas and cancerous tumors may feel hard and immobile.
How do you tell if a lump is a cyst?
A healthcare professional can determine whether a lump is a cyst or tumor. A simple ultrasound scan placed against the skin will allow the healthcare professional to see whether the lump appears solid or hollow and filled with fluid. If the lump is fluid-filled, it may require no treatment at all.