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Can breast cysts cause swollen lymph nodes?

By April 21, 2010 - 3:43pm
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I'm a 24yr old woman, slim with small breasts. I am single and have neva been pregnant. i discoverd a tiny lump in my aureola(hope i got d spelling) which feels like a cyst.
And i have been feeling some discomfort and mild pain in my chest area, back and under arm. Wat could it possibly mean?
P.s:There's no history of breast cancer in my family.

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Hi again Pink - I've been able to discuss your situation with a breast cancer specialist and have additional information for you. First, you haven't mentioned what type of doctor you've seen. It would be best to be under the care of a physician who specializes in treating breast disease. Is that possible for you?

Second, your next step should be an ultrasound exam which will provide more diagnostic information about the nature of your cyst. Depending on the nature of the cyst, and the services available to you, you may also need an image-guided biopsy. The removal of the cyst followed by a biopsy (also known as an excisional biopsy) would be a secondary consideration if the less invasive biopsy is not available.

I know you're worried so please keep in mind that almost all cysts are benign and it's highly likely that yours is too. Still, it's important to be treated by a competent, skilled specialist and undergo appropriate diagnosis to be sure.

Will you let us know what you do and keep in touch? I'm impressed that you've found a way across all these many miles to reach out for information and support. We wish you the very best. Take good care of yourself in the days ahead. Pat

April 29, 2010 - 6:06pm

I'm so grateful. Thank u so much.

April 27, 2010 - 10:03am
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Hi Pink - I've contacted a breast specialist to get more information for you. It may take a few days to hear from him, so please be patient, but I will get back to you. Pat

April 26, 2010 - 1:53pm

Thank u pat. I saw a doctor(here in w.africa) who said i shuld come bak so i can hav d lump removed wen i'm ready after which d lump wil b tested. He also said dat d lump is quite tiny.
There was no mammogram or ultrasound. He physically examined me.
Should i request 4 an ultrasound or shuld i jst go 4 d removal?

April 25, 2010 - 1:37pm
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Hi Pink - Thanks for writing. Changes in the breast, such as this cyst, can be caused by both benign conditions or by cancer. The majority of breast cysts are benign, however, it would be best if you had this checked out by your doctor.

As a young woman you have many years ahead of you in which you may see changes in your breasts. Here's some information from the American Cancer Society which you may find helpful in understanding these changes: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_6X_Non_Cancerous_Breast_Conditions_59.asp

Your swollen lymph nodes may or may not be related to this. Lymph nodes are part of your body's lymphatic system which is a key part of your immune system which helps the body fight infections or cancers. Sometimes lymph nodes become enlarged or swollen when they fight an infection since they are producing additional white blood cells. This can cause tenderness and pain. You should also have this symptom checked out by your doctor as soon as you can.

Will you let us know what your doctor says? We wish you the best. Pat

April 21, 2010 - 6:50pm
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