The discomfort caused by breast lumps may be treated by medication. Usually, mild pain relievers such as acetylsalicylic acid* (ASA) or ibuprofen are quite effective. In addition, a well-fitted bra that provides good support may also be effective. The bra can even be worn at night. Some women say vitamin E helps, but there is no solid evidence for this type of treatment. Other women find warm compresses, ice packs, and gentle massage to be helpful.
If medication doesn't alleviate the discomfort, your doctor may try to treat cysts by removing the fluid through aspiration. If the cyst persists and continues to cause discomfort, it may be removed surgically. Other breast lumps may also be removed by surgery.
Proper nutrition may help in the treatment of breast lumps. If a woman smokes or drinks caffeine, she may want to reduce her consumption or eliminate these altogether. Although the evidence is inconclusive, some women have reported that their lumps subsided after they stopped smoking or gave up caffeine.
Regular breast examinations are extremely important. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that women in all age groups become familiar with their breasts and know what is normal for their breasts and notify their doctors about any detected changes. Breast self-exams are no longer recommended for women aged 40 to 74 who are not at a high risk of breast cancer, as research shows that this form of screening is not necessary. However, women aged 40 to 49 should talk to their doctor about their risk of breast cancer and whether they should get a mammogram. Women aged 50 to 69 should have a mammogram every two years.
*All medications have both common (generic) and brand names. The brand name is what a specific manufacturer calls the product (e.g., Tylenol®). The common name is the medical name for the medication (e.g., acetaminophen). A medication may have many brand names, but only one common name. This article lists medications by their common names. For information on a given medication, check our Drug Information database. For more information on brand names, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
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