Breast cysts are a very common condition and they are not cancerous. It is thought that they develop naturally as the breast changes with age due to some variations in hormonal levels. It is quite common to have more than one cyst. Cysts can affect one or both breasts. Breast cysts most commonly appear as fluid-filled sacs and they develop within the breast tissue.
Who develops Breast Cysts?
Breast Cysts are most common in women over 35 years of age.
How do I tell if I have a breast cyst?
Breast cysts usually feel like soft, well-defined lumps in your breast and in some people, cysts may feel uncomfortable or even painful.
How are breast cysts assessed?
If you see your GP because you may have found a cyst it is very important that you are referred to a breast health specialist for assessment. If you are under 40 years old, you are more likely to receive an ultrasound scan only. If you are over 40 years old, Mr Charalampoudis will offer you a mammogram as well.
What are the treatments for Breast Cysts?
If your breast cyst is uncomfortable or painful, Mr Charalampoudis will offer you ultrasound- guided drainage of the fluid from the inside of the cyst in order to relieve your symptoms. Usually this fluid is not suspicious and is discarded without further tests. It is important to remember that having a breast cyst does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. However, you should remain breast-aware and return to your breast health specialist should another cyst appear.