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A lump is not always bad news

You feel a lump and immediately think: "cancer." That's understandable: Breast cancer accounts for nearly one in three cancers diagnosed in women. Any growth or change in your breast needs to be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible, but many times these changes are caused by benign conditions. Here are three examples:

Breast lumps: They could be cysts. Round- or oval-shaped fluid-filled sacs are not cancerous, nor do they raise your risk of later developing the disease. They're most often found in women in their 40s. No one knows what causes them, but some science suggests excess estrogen …

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