Breast cysts are small fluid filled spaces within breast tissue. They are most common in women from their forties onwards as they approach menopause, and often present with a lump in the breast. They are not pre-cancerous and do not increase a patients risk of developing breast cancer.
HOW ARE BREAST CYSTS DIAGNOSED?
The following tests may be performed:
Clinical breast exam
• Fine needle aspiration of the cyst
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR BREAST CYSTS?
Breast cysts often require no specific treatment, but do so if they are large or causing pain. Treatment consists of a fine needle aspiration of the cyst, where the fluid is removed using a syringe under ultrasound guidance.
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