Breast lumps and cancer

Alternative names
Cancer and breast lumps


While a common breast complaint and concern is a newly discovered breast lump, only a small percentage turn out to be cancer. In fact, many women have lumpy breasts, or a condition called fibrocystic breast disease that is benign.

If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor’s attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 6, 2012
by Simon D. Mitin, M.D.

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