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Can A Breast Cyst Ever Turn Into Cancer?

If you have a breast cyst, it is not cancerous. Cysts are benign. You can tell a difference between a lump that might be cancerous and a cyst. A lump does not move around when you palpate it with your fingers, and cysts do. Cysts are very smooth sacs filled with fluid; you can move a cyst around with your fingers; they do not become cancerous. Breast cysts are common in women from their 30s to their 50s. Breast cysts come from the milk glands. The area where the milk glands are will fill up with fluid and form a fluid filled pocket. A cyst feels like a little firm ball under the skin.

Though, cysts don’t become cancerous, they should be watched by your doctor. If you should feel other lumps in your breast that feel like the cyst, it is best not to ignore it and assume that it is just another cyst. Cysts don’t normally go away by themselves; your doctor can insert a needle through the breast, into the cyst and aspirate it. Once the cyst is aspirated, it is gone. A doctor may use an ultrasound to help locate cysts that need to be aspirated. If you watch on the ultrasound monitor, you can see the cyst disappear when it is aspirated with a needle.

Why cysts form in the breast isn’t quite understood, but it is believed that there is a connection between your hormones and the formation of cysts in the breasts. If you have one breast cyst, you will probably have more in your lifetime. Women who menstruate and women who take estrogen replacement therapy are more likely to develop breast cysts. Cysts can be so small that you can’t even feel them; breast cysts can be walnut sized or pin head sized.

To decrease the risk of developing breast cysts, you can ask your doctor for advice. Birth control pills and post menopausal hormone replacement medications might actually promote the growth of breast cysts. Some ways to decrease your risk of developing a breast cyst are to lower the fat and carbohydrates in the diet, lowering the meat, and increasing the fish and soy products. It is also advised to increase the fruits and vegetables in your diet; it is good to add healthy fats to the diet, such as extra virgin olive oil and flax seed oil, as well. Some of the best fruits to eat are blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. The best kinds of vegetables to eat are broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. The antioxidants in these fruits and vegetables are good cancer fighting ingredients. Every woman and man should keep these kinds of fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.

Besides breast cysts, there is another growth you might feel in your breast, called a fibroadenoma. Just as with breast cysts, fibroadenomas are benign breast lumps, or tumors; they aren’t cancerous and they won’t turn into cancer later on. These breast lumps are more prevalent win young women, during their reproductive years. Adenomas feel rather rubbery to the touch and you can move them around a bit with your fingers, just like you can a cyst.

If you have a breast lump, your doctor may be quite positive that what you have is a fibroadenoma; however, to be on the safe side, the doctor will most likely take a needle biopsy. However, if you have a breast cyst, your doctor will not likely take a needle biopsy, because cysts are not cancerous. However, the doctor most likely will do a needle aspiration of the cyst to remove it. Always go to your doctor when you feel a lump in your breast. Do not become complacent about your breast health; don’t assume that all is well with your breast. It is always better to make sure your breasts are healthy.

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