Breast Pathology and Benign Tumours

Non-cancerous breast conditions are most common and most women have them. In fact, most breast changes that are tested turn out to be benignBenign is another word for non-cancerous. Benign breast conditions are not life-threatening. Benign conditions and breast cancer has many of the same symptoms. So it can be hard to tell the difference from just symptoms alone. Some breast changes may not cause any symptoms and may be found during a mammogram. But sometimes they can cause symptoms that bother. Benign breast tumours may hurt, but they aren’t dangerous and don’t spread from the breast to other organs. Still, some benign breast conditions, such as papilloma’s and atypical hyperplasia, are important to know about because women with them have a higher risk of developing breast cancer. A biopsy is the only way to find out if a lump is benign or cancer. If a benign tumour is large, it may change the breast’s size and shape. If it’s growing into the tissue of the milk ducts, it may cause an abnormal discharge from the nipple. Depending on the type, size, and number of benign tumours, surgery to recommended.

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