Should we be worried about every single lump and bump?

Breast lumps - are they ALL dangerous? - Women's Health & Fitness

Are all lumps dangerous?

No, far from it. An estimated 80 to 85 per cent of lumps are benign cysts (sacs of fluid) or fibrous tissue – especially if you’re under 40.

Boobs may also get lumpier before your period as a response to hormonal changes. However, if you do find a new lump during regular self-exams, consult your doctor just in case.

What about painful lumps?

It could be cysts, one of the most common causes of breast lumps that occur in women during their 40s. They are noncancerous but may be quite painful. If they are large or uncomfortable, they can be surgically drained.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women have a one in 69 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer in their 40s. It’s important to see your doctor if you notice any changes. These may include the presence of a lump in the breast or under the arm, nipple pain or discharge, or dimpling of the skin on the breast.

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