Painful Breast Lump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand painful breast lump symptoms, including 7 causes & common questions.

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  1. 7 Possible Painful Breast Lump Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics
  4. Related Articles

7 Possible Painful Breast Lump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced painful breast lump. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Fibrocystic breast changes

Fibrocystic change is a generalized term used to describe a variety of benign changes in the breast. Symptoms of this condition are breast swelling or pain, as well as nodules, lumpiness, or nipple discharge.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: breast lump, hard breast lump, nipple discharge, rope-like breast lump

Symptoms that always occur with fibrocystic breast changes: breast lump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Breast cyst

A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac (like a tiny balloon) inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They might cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancerous).

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump, movable breast lump

Symptoms that always occur with breast cyst: breast lump

Symptoms that never occur with breast cyst: armpit lump, fever

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Fibroadenoma

A fibroadenoma is a benign (non-cancerous) breast tumor. It is the most common kind of breast tumor in young women. Fibroadenomas result from overgrown cells forming a mass (-oma) of breast tissue including fibrous (fibro-) and glandular (-adeno-) components.

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Plugged breast duct

If you're making milk faster than it's getting expressed, it can get backed up in the duct. When this happens, the tissue around the duct may become swollen and inflamed and press on the duct, causing a blockage.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump

Symptoms that never occur with plugged breast duct: fever, breast redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Breast abscess

A breast abscess is a collection of infected fluid, or pus, within the breast that is generally painful, and may cause fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches.

A breast abscess is a complication of mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue, that develops most commonly in breastfeeding women. ...

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Intraductal papilloma

Breast problems such as lumps are very common and often not caused by breast cancer. An intraductal papilloma is such a benign breast lump situated in the milk ducts.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: breast lump, painful breast lump, painless breast lump, white or clear fluid leaking from the breast, nipple lump

Symptoms that never occur with intraductal papilloma: armpit lump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Breast infection (mastitis)

Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fatigue, nausea, breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever, fever

Symptoms that always occur with breast infection (mastitis): breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Breast Lump

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Tell me more about the lump on your breast. When rubbing your lump, can you move the lump slightly from side-to-side?
  • Do you currently use estrogen as a hormone replacement therapy?
  • Please indicate where the lump is located on your breast.
  • Have you given birth to any children?

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Painful Breast Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced painful breast lump have also experienced:

  • 7% Breast Pain
  • 7% Breast Lump
  • 4% Hard Breast Lump

People who have experienced painful breast lump were most often matched with:

  • 33% Fibrocystic Breast Changes
  • 33% Breast Cyst
  • 33% Fibroadenoma

People who have experienced painful breast lump had symptoms persist for:

  • 43% Over a month
  • 21% Less than a week
  • 12% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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