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Breast Cyst Treatment

Are you concerned about a breast cyst? Do you know someone who needs to know the causes of a breast cyst? Do you need to know what the treatments are for this condition? Often when patients are affected by cysts, there may be concerns about the causes and treatments. Expert insight is needed to help clarify any doubts and concerns.

What are breast cysts?

Breast cysts are fluid filled sacs that are located inside the breast which typically are not cancerous. There can be more that one cyst that occurs. Typically, these are described as either round or oval with distinct edges and usually feel similar to a grape or water filled balloon but can also feel firm. Normally, these types of cysts can be found in women of all ages and especially common in individuals before entering menopause or between the ages of 35 and 50. Unless someone is taking hormone therapy, the cysts typically will resolve after menopause. When someone is affected by breast cysts, questions can arise regarding the symptoms, causes and possible treatments. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

What is the treatment for recurring breast cysts?

For cysts that recur, a surgical procedure is often needed to remove them. Although possible, typically a duct will not continue to form a cyst after menopause. However, it is common practice to drain the cyst then if it recurs it is then removed. After the draining process, most benign cysts will not reoccur. However, if they do, there can be a possibility it is another form of tumor. After the cyst has been removed, it can be examined microscopically and determine exactly what it is.

What are causes of pain following breast cyst removal?

Pain after a lumpectomy can be common. During surgery small nerves in the breast are cut which can send abnormal signals to the brain. The brain can then interpret the signals as pain. The pain can be worse when the surgery is close to the nipple. The pain could also become worse and more frequent during radiation therapy treatments. The pain may be present for a long length of time following the procedure because it could take several years for the nerves to heal. Even though the pain may not go away completely it should become less noticeable and less frequent. Over the counter Tylenol or Advil may help to relieve the pain.

How cancer determined in breast cysts?

It is a common occurrence for women to have breast cysts and typically most are not cancerous. Usually a biopsy is not needed to determine if cancer is present. Typically a mammogram and ultrasound are used to determine if cancer is present by the signs that are present. Typically a benign cyst will be smooth and have regular borders.

What is a complicated or complex breast cyst?

A complicated or complex cyst is found to have some amount of solid content on an ultrasound. Complicated cysts have a higher risk of being cancerous than simple cysts. However the risks of malignancy are still lower than a solid mass. The risk of cancer is about 0.3%. A consultation with a medical practitioner may be needed to determine if an ultrasound with a fine needle aspiration is needed.

Anytime an individual is affected by breast cysts, questions and concerns may arise. Questions regarding the treatment, causes of pain, types and how a diagnosis is determined should be monitored by medical professionals. For more information or for answers to these questions, an individual should contact an Expert.

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