What does a cancer lump in breast feel like? A cancerous lump may feel rounded, soft, and tender and can occur anywhere in the breast. In some cases, the lump can even be painful. Some women also have dense, fibrous breast tissue. Feeling lumps or changes in your breasts may be more difficult if this is the case.
Where do breast lumps usually form? Commonly developing from the mammary glands or ducts, such malignant lumps generally (about 50 percent) appear in the upper, outer quadrant of the breast, extending into the armpit, where tissue is thicker than elsewhere.
How can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous?
- you’ve had a lump more than a week or two and it’s not getting smaller.
- there are other changes to your breast size, shape, or color.
- the skin on your breast is dimpled or puckered.
- your nipple is turning inward.
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).