Detecting a breast cyst, whether through a mammogram or self-examination, can be quite scary. For good reason: They can be a sign of breast cancer. Understand breast cysts better by reading on.
What Are Breast Cysts?
Breast cysts are usually small lumps that can be detected just under the breast’s skin, and can be viewed more easily using an ultrasound. They are small sacs that are filled with fluid that collect in the breast. Said fluid can be either thin or thick, and the size of the sac themselves can vary from a small pinhead to the size of a walnut. They can also come in different colors that include green, blue-black or yellow.
Studies show that women between 30 and 50 are more likely to develop breast cysts. Hormone imbalance has been theorized as a cause, because the age bracket suggests that women nearing menopause are the likely candidates for developing breast cysts. (Learn how to recognize the signs of menopause)
Breast cysts are usually benign, but detection of a cyst in your breast should be investigated as soon as possible by a doctor.
Women between the ages of 30 and 50 and women approaching menopause are reported to develop breast cysts more often than women in other age groups. Breast cysts are often visible from outside and can be easily viewed with an ultrasound. The sooner you check your breasts for potential breast cysts the better, to eradicate unnecessary worry and pain. Breast cysts are sacs filled with fluid that gets collected in women’s breasts. The fluid inside breast cysts can be thick or thin, different in size and shape, and varying in size from a pinhead to a walnut. Breast cysts might appear in various colors of yellow, green or blue-black.
A biopsy is a medical procedure done to determine whether your breast cysts are cancerous or benign. It will reveal more information about your breast cysts than an ultrasound can do.
What will the biopsy do? Usually a fine needle will be inserted into the breast cyst, and a bit of the mass inside the cyst will be extracted and examined.
An excision is a simple surgery done for benign lumps. While the softer lumps can be expected to go away on its own, breast cysts with harder mass are usually recommended to be removed surgically. Excision is also recommended for women when the breast cysts are growing rapidly or compromising other breast surgery. Excising breast cysts is considered minor surgery, which includes general anesthesia and done on an outpatient basis. Recovery time will be short. You will just be asked to observe if any new breast cysts develop.
Aspiration is a medical procedure that drains out the matter inside of breast cysts. To do this, the doctor will numb the skin over and surrounding the breast cyst. Then the doctor will insert a needle into the cyst to drain the matter or liquid from inside the cyst. If the matter is mostly liquid, then you can expect not to have any further procedures done.
Correcting the vitamin imbalance in your body is also said to be a natural way to treat breast cysts. Remember that you should only do the natural treatment if you have confirmed that your breast cysts are benign and if your doctor recommends this line of treatment.
Correcting vitamin imbalance is said to correct hormonal imbalance. Doctors recommend vitamin supplements, evening primrose oil, vitamin B, vitamin E combined with a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, is the best way to naturally treat breast cysts.
If your breast cysts are found to be malignant, you will have to undergo treatment right away. Treatment may include removal of the cysts and its associated lymph nodes, radiation and chemotherapy regimen. Hormone therapy may also be included. A mastectomy may be done to prevent cancer cells from spreading throughout your whole body.
Remember, always go with what your doctor recommends you to do when dealing with breast cysts. This is the only way you can find the most effective way to find the best way to get rid of them. Good luck!
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