Breast Cysts
Thursday, October 15, 2009

A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in the breast tissue. It occurs most often in women ages 35 to 50. Dr. Edward Hill discusses breast cysts in the 60 Second Housecall.

Breast cysts are collections of fluid in the breast enclosed by a membrane. Cysts are so common that almost every woman will have some during her life. It does not mean that she is at higher risk for developing cancer.

Breast cysts can appear at any age, from teenagers to 90-year-olds. More cysts are seen in post-menopausal women on hormone replacement therapy than in those women who are not taking hormones after menopause.

An ultrasound is the best way to evaluate breast cysts. It can tell if the mass is a fluid filled cyst, a solid, or just normal breast tissue.

A breast cyst can be drained with a needle under ultrasound guidance. Cyst aspiration is done to be sure there is no cancer and also to relieve discomfort. Most cysts will disappear after drainage and never return. Some cysts may come back with a few women needing multiple cyst aspirations every year. If you have cystic breast disease, you should have close follow-up with a breast care specialist.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Edward Hill.