If you feel a lump in your breast or experience one of the other warning signs, try not to panic or worry.

Most lumps are not cancerous, but something less serious, such as benign breast conditions. Learn more about benign breast conditions.

If you feel a lump in your breast or experience one of the other warning signs, it is important to see a health care provider, as only a medical professional can determine if the condition is benign or requires further evaluation.

Breast Lumps or Lumpiness

Many women’s breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. Some women have lumpier breasts than others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry.

If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it’s probably normal breast tissue.

Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern and should be checked. This type of lump may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign condition.

See a health care provider if you:

  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
  • Feel something that’s different from what you felt before

If you’re unsure whether you should have a lump (or any change) checked, it’s best to see a medical provider.

If you need assistance in finding a health care provider, please consider the following:

  • If you have insurance, contact your insurance plan for information about how to find a primary care provider who is accepting new patients and is an in-network provider
  • If you do not have insurance, Komen Colorado has a list of primary care providers that have received grants from the organization to help offset the costs for mammograms and diagnostic tests; you can find a provider close to you