A breast lump is a localized swelling, protuberance, bulge, or bump in the breast that feels different from the breast tissue around it. Causes for breast lumps include infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cyst, fat necrosis, fibrocystic breasts and cancer. However most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk.
Breast lumps must be evaluated by clinical examination, radiological investigations (Ultrasound/ Mammogram/MRI)& by biopsy (FNAC, Core needle biopsy, Excision biopsy).
Small palpable breast lumps can be removed under local anesthesia and tissue sent for histopathological examination.