Breast Mass

Southwest Valley Surgical Associates

Surgeons located in Goodyear, AZ

A breast mass makes most women jump to one conclusion: cancer. There are, however, many reasons why you might have a mass, and all of them still require the expertise of a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. At Southwest Valley Surgical Associates, Dr. Rama Muddaraj and his team are well versed in dealing with breast masses in their patients in Goodyear, Arizona. If you have a suspicious lump or mass in your breast, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool as soon as possible.

Breast Mass Q & A

What is a breast mass?

A mass in your breast is a tissue growth that can adopt many characteristics, such as:

  • A well-defined lump
  • A hardened area within your breast
  • One breast that’s larger than the other
  • Skin that’s red, dimpled, or puckered
  • Changes in your nipple’s appearance
  • Pain or tenderness

You know your breasts best, so anything that’s out of the ordinary should be considered suspicious and worth getting checked out.

How is a breast mass diagnosed?

If you have a mass in your breast, it’s vital that you seek medical guidance as soon as possible. During your visit at Southwest Valley Surgical Associates, your doctor examines the area and asks you about your health and your family’s medical history.

After a physical exam, your doctor typically orders further diagnostic testing through advanced imaging. From an ultrasound to an MRI, there are many tools at the doctor’s disposal to see what’s going on inside your breast.

Depending on the results of these images, your doctor may want to get a biopsy of the tissue. This procedure is done under local anesthesia and on an outpatient basis. The doctor removes a sample of the tissue to run tests on it in a laboratory.

What causes a mass in the breast?

While breast cancer is usually the first thing women suspect when there’s a mass, the fact is that most breast masses are noncancerous.

The most common type of breast mass is a fibroadenoma, which is a benign tumor that’s related to hormones. These tumors often appear in women under 30 and less so as women grow older and pass through menopause. 

Other reasons for a breast mass include:

  • Cysts
  • Fibrocystic breasts, which means that your breast tissue is dense and fibrous
  • Injury to your breast
  • Cysts in the milk ducts
  • Mastitis, which is an infection in your breast tissue from breastfeeding
  • Lipoma, a harmless fatty lump

To be sure, breast cancer is a valid concern and a diagnosis can only be determined after an appropriate work up. 

If you have a mass in your breast, call Southwest Valley Surgical Associates to get to the bottom of the issue. Or schedule an appointment using the easy online booking tool.