A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac within the breast. One breast can have one or more breast cysts. They are often described as round or oval lumps with distinct edges. In texture, a breast cyst usually feels like a soft grape or a water-filled balloon, but sometimes a breast cyst feels firm. Breast cysts can be painful and may be worrisome but are generally benign.
What Is a Breast Cyst? | Breast Cyst Symptoms, Causes & Treatment
Breast oil cysts are benign breast lumps that usually don't require treatment. Similar to simple breast cysts , oil cysts are fluid-filled sacs that may feel smooth and squishy. Caused by the breakdown of fatty tissue, they often occur after breast surgery to either rule out or confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer, and hence, can be alarming. They may be seen on mammogram, ultrasound, or breast MRI. Breast oil cysts can be left alone, or instead aspirated to remove the cyst. When large, painful, or if the diagnosis is in doubt, surgery may be done.
Inflammation of the cyst of the breast
For breast cancer symptoms, there is more than just a lump! To learn about each symptom, expand the explanations below. Mammograms can find a cancerous lump before it can be felt. Our app explains when to start based on your risk and age.
In our leaflet, you will find all the information you need about the VAB technique. Discovering a breast cyst can be a worrying and stressful time. You might find yourself becoming concerned about cancer and have plenty of questions about the best way to deal with your cyst. Clear information can help both in making the right individual decision on how to manage the cyst and will help reassure you that, whilst it is important to seek help for breast lumps and to be breast aware, a breast cyst can be effectively monitored and treated.