- Disorders of the Breast
Caused by hormonal imbalance (increased oestrogen and/or decreased progesterone). Symptoms; breast pain, multiple palpable lesions, rapid fluctuations in size of mass is common. Treatment symptom management with pain control.
Benign Tumors of the Breast
Many different types. Common ones include cysts (sacs of fluid that build up in the breast tissue) and fibroadenomas (solid growths made up of fibrous and glandular tissue). Sometimes normal parts of your breast can feel like a lump. Symptoms; a change in the size, shape, or feel of breasts. Dimpling, puckering, or redness of the skin. Lumpiness or thickening of the breast. A change in the appearance of the nipple, discharge from one or both nipples, swelling or a lump in the armpit, pain that doesn’t go away in one part of the breast or armpit. Treatment: possibly requiring none, or simple excision.
Risk factors include family history and increased age. Symptoms; a lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast, a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts, discharge from either of the nipples (which may be streaked with blood), a lump or swelling in either armpits, dimpling on the skin of the breasts, a rash on or around the nipple, a change in the appearance of the nipple, such as becoming sunken into the breast, pain in either of the breasts or armpits. Treatment; surgery and radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy.