Can you have a lump in your breast and it not be cancer? If you feel a lump in your breast, your first thought may be that you have breast cancer. Fortunately, a majority of breast lumps are benign, meaning they’re not cancerous. Both women and men can develop benign (noncancerous) breast lumps. This condition is known as benign breast disease.
What percentage of breast lumps are not cancerous? First, don’t panic — 80 to 85 percent of breast lumps are benign, meaning they are noncancerous, especially in women younger than 40.
What kind of lumps are normal in breasts? There is a good chance that it’s noncancerous, as most breast lumps are benign. Breast tissue can be lumpy or dense, and that’s normal. It’s a good idea to do monthly breast exams to get to know your breast tissue and what is normal for you.
What kind of breast lump should I worry about? Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern and should be checked. This type of lump may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (such as a cyst or fibroadenoma).