A breast lump is a mass that develops in your breast. While a breast lump can be a sign of breast cancer, oftentimes it is not related to cancer. Eight out of 10 breast lumps are noncancerous. If you feel a lump in your breast or armpit, see your healthcare provider. Your provider will figure out the cause of the breast lump and determine whether or not it needs additional workup or treatment.
Yes. Men can develop a condition called gynecomastia. The male breast becomes enlarged and sometimes tender. A breast lump may also form underneath the nipple. Gynecomastia often occurs in both breasts. This condition can be related to a hormonal imbalance or a side effect of medication, although additional workup may be considered to determine a cause.
Men can also develop breast cancer, so if you feel a lump in one or both breasts, see your healthcare provider for an evaluation.
A breast lump feels like a bump or mass. It might feel hard or different from the rest of your breast tissue.
Breast lumps are one of the symptoms of breast cancer. However, often times, breast lumps are not cancerous. Several other conditions can cause breast lumps.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you notice a breast lump. If it is cancer, treatment is more successful when started early.
A breast lump can be a sign of a breast infection, such as mastitis or abscess. Breast infections can cause painful lumps, with or without redness.
Causes of breast lumps include:
If you feel a lump or anything unusual in your breast, see your healthcare provider. Here’s what you can expect at the initial appointment:
Depending on the exam at your initial appointment, your provider may schedule other tests, including:
Sometimes, lumps disappear on their own. Younger people may get lumps related to the menstrual cycle (period). Those lumps go away by the end of the cycle. However, always notify your healthcare provider about any lumps. Your provider can figure out what is causing the lump and determine if it needs further workup or treatment.
Treatment for a breast lump depends on the cause. Some lumps don’t require any treatment.
Pay attention to your body. If you notice changes or something feels off, talk to your healthcare provider. Ways to keep your breasts healthy:
Breast tissue is naturally lumpy. If the lumpiness feels like the rest of your breast, or like your other breast, you probably don’t need to worry. Call your provider if you notice:
© Copyright 1995-2020 The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. All rights reserved.
This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider for advice about a specific medical condition. This document was last reviewed on: 09/25/2020