How are breast cysts diagnosed?

Darcy N. Bryan, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
Breast cysts can be detected by physical exams and other tests. In this video, Darcy Bryan, MD, of Riverside Community Hospital, explains how these cysts and their severity are diagnosed.
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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Breast cysts are benign (non-cancerous) sacs filled with fluid that occur in the breast. They are more common in younger women.
If you find a lump in your breast, you should consult with a specialist.
Your doctor may perform one of the following tests to diagnose a breast cyst and rule out the possibility that the lump is actually cancerous:
  • Clinical breast exam- In this exam, your doctor will feel your breast to check for abnormalities.
  • Mammogram - This is the standard imaging tool your doctor uses to diagnose breast cancer.
  • Ultrasound - This is an imaging tool your doctor uses to detect breast abnormalities.
  • Fine needle aspiration - In this procedure, your doctor will numb the affected area with anesthesia, insert a thin needle and remove the fluid from the cyst.

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