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Dr. Eswararamanan VR

Middle aged women between the ages of thirty five and fifty years of age, in other words, women who are nearing menopause seem to develop cysts around their breasts. To put it simply, a cyst is nothing but a sac, or a little lump, embedded within the breast tissue. When the lobule gets filled with a kind of fluid, such a lump gets formed. These may occur in women of all ages, but they are most frequently seen appearing in women between the age groups mentioned above.

In women belonging to such an age group, this cyst occurs particularly during the time when the woman’s menstrual period is approaching. Therefore, it may not be a gradual development of the cyst, and may appear overnight all of a sudden. Especially in women who take the Hormone Replacement Therapy or the HRT, they are most commonly prevalent.

However, it must not be misunderstood that all these cysts are fatal or cancer inducing. But it does lead to a blockade within the breast. A woman may have many cysts, and if at all any of these is developing into a cancer, they can be monitored on an ultrasound, and treated accordingly. Even the cysts that are not harmful can be removed. Many women prefer to get rid of them if they cause too much trouble and pain. Doing this is a simple process. It can by sucked out by merely inserting a needle.

Addressing the question of what exactly causes this cyst is a complicated process, for there is no one reason or a set of reasons that can be pinned down. In pre-menopausal women, such occurrences are more, especially if they are on the Estrogen Replacement Therapy (ORT). Also, there may be more successful development of cysts in a woman who already has one.

However, no matter how small, breast cyst during menopause must be detected so that one may know whether they are cancer inducing or not. For this, a detection process has to be followed. This can be done by one’s own self if one knows what the symptoms of a breast cyst are.

First of all, as mentioned at the outset, cysts are sac like structures filled with a fluid. They may vary in size and are generally hard. This can be the cause of a lot of pain. Sizes of such lumps vary from the size of a pinhead to that of a walnut. Though bigger cysts are easier to detect, the smaller ones must be brought to notice too. They can be easily identified since they move when touched.

Read more updated tips about breast cyst during menopause at our menopause blog

The information in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice.