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Painless Breast Lump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand painless breast lump symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Painless Breast Lump Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Painless Breast Lump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced painless 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

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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Breast cancer

There are several types of breast cancer, depending on the part of the breast where it starts. The most common types are ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive ductal carcinoma and invasive lobular carcinoma.

Women over age 50 with a family history of the disease, and/or certain genetic factors, are most at risk, but anyone can get breast cancer at any age. It is rare in men but does occur.

Symptoms include a lump, thickening, or pain anywhere in the breast or armpit; red, flaky, or irritated breast or nipple skin; nipple discharge; and any area of irregular skin or misshapenness.

Many harmless conditions can cause similar signs, so it is important to see a medical provider about any of these symptoms.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination; imaging such as ultrasound, mammogram, or MRI; and sometimes biopsy.

Treatment involves a combination of surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

The best prevention is a combination of screening mammograms as recommended by the medical provider, and monthly self-examination.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: breast pain, armpit lump, breast mass or retraction, breast lump, nipple discharge

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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 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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painless 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 say more about the lump on your breast. Is the lump hard or soft?
  • Please say more about the lump on your breast. What shape is the lump?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Painless Breast Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced painless breast lump have also experienced:

  • 12% Breast Lump
  • 12% Fatigue
  • 8% Shoulder Pain

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

  • 40% Breast Cancer
  • 30% Fibrocystic Breast Changes
  • 30% Fibroadenoma

People who have experienced painless 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 visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.