Breast cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop in either one or both breasts. They are a benign (not cancer) condition and one of the most common causes of a breast lump.

 Breast cysts usually develop naturally as the breast changes with age due to normal changes in hormone levels. They can vary from small microcysts to large macrocysts and can be single or multiple.

Cysts usually become noticeable as a lump in the breast or are found by chance during a routine screening mammogram or while having investigations at a breast clinic for another reason. Breast cysts may be found in one or both breasts.

Signs and symptoms of a breast cyst include a smooth, easily movable round or oval lump that may have smooth edges, nipple discharge that may be clear, yellow, straw-colored, or dark brown, breast pain or tenderness in the area of the breast lump, and an increase in breast lump size and breast tenderness just before your period.

Sometimes, cysts may be complicated and turn into abscess.

In complicated breast cyst, its always better to aspirate and have medical treatment or undergo surgical procedure.

Having a breast cyst or cysts does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer in the future.

However, it’s still important to be breast aware and consult at Breast Clinic of Primera Hospital if you notice any changes in your breasts, regardless of whether you have a breast cyst.