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Glossary for Breast lump

  • Angiosarcoma of the breast: A rare type of cancer that starts in the lining of blood vessels in the breast. It is generally an aggressive tumor which often metastasizes.
  • Breast Cancer: Cancer of the breast.
  • Breast Duct Papilloma: Benign tumour of the collecting duct of the breast.
  • Breast Feeding: Nursing an infant with breast milk.
  • Breast abscess: Pus-filled abscess in the breast
  • Breast carcinoma: Carcinoma occurring in breast tissue.
  • Breast conditions: Any condition affecting the breast
  • Breast fibroadenoma: Benign tumour of the breast characterized by glandular and stromal elements.
  • Breast lump: Any type of lump in the breast
  • Breast mass: it can be defined as any new or unusual sense that the tissue in the breast is more solid and organized than it was before
  • Breast symptoms: Any symptom affecting one or both breasts.
  • Cancer: Abnormal overgrowth of body cells.
  • Cyst: Lump produced by over-secreting gland
  • Cystosarcoma phyllodes: A rare type of breast cancer that may be benign or malignant. The tumor is usually benign and tends to grow quickly and to a large size. Metastasis often involves the lungs with the skeleton, heart and liver also being common sites.
  • Danazol -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Danazol (used to treat endometriosis) during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Ductal ectasia: Dilation and inflammation of the mammary duct.
  • Fibroadenoma: Benign tumor containing fibrous tissues and glands (common in breasts)
  • Fibrocystic breast disease: A condition characterized by the formation of fibrocystic lesion in the breasts
  • Fibrocystic breasts: The development of benign fluid-filled cysts in the breasts as well as scar-like tissue. The cysts can make breast cancer examinations more difficult.
  • Fibroma: A tumour that is comprised mainly of fibrous connective tissue
  • Galactocele: A milk filled cyst caused by a blocked mammary duct.
  • Giant mammary hamartoma: A rare benign type of tumor-like breast growth. The breast lumps usually cause no pain and are made up of fat, fibrous tissue and glandular tissue.
  • Gynecomastia: Enlarged male breasts
  • Human carcinogen -Tamoxifen: Tamoxifen is a drug used to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer but is also deemed to be carcinogenic to humans as it increases the risk of developing other cancers. The carcinogenicity of the substance may be influenced by the duration and level of exposure. Tamoxifen exposure is associated mainly with an increased risk of developing uterine cancer.
  • Inflammatory breast cancer: Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and aggressive form of invasive breast cancer, where the skin of the breast becomes red, inflamed and pitted in appearance.
  • Lipoma: Tumor of fat cells usually just under the skin
  • Male Breast Cancer: Cancer of the breast in males.
  • Mastitis: Infected breast common in nursing mothers
  • Metastatic breast cancer: Metastatic breast cancer is the term used to describe cancer that has spread from the original site in the breast to other organs or tissues in the body.
  • Nipple conditions: Any condition that affects the nipples
  • Obesity: An increase in the body weight greater than that required for normal function that is characterised by the accumulation of excessive fat
  • Paget's Disease: Breast carcinoma involving nipple and areola.
  • Papilloma: A benign tumour that is located in the epithelium
  • Pregnancy: The condition of supporting a fetus from conception till birth.
  • Pseudoangiomatous stromal hyperplasia: A rare harmless type of breast tumor.
  • Puberty: Sexual and physical maturation in adolescents
  • Sebaceous cyst: Cyst producing sebum.
  • Secretory breast carcinoma: A slow-growing type of breast cancer that can occur in males and females as well as children.
  • Skin bumps: Bumps or lumps on the skin.
  • Zuskas Disease: A metaplastic condition that affects the lactiferous ducts of the breast


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