What causes benign breast masses?
There are many possible causes of non-cancerous (benign) breast lumps. Two of the most common causes of benign single breast lumps are cysts and fibroadenomas. In addition, several other conditions can present themselves as lumps, such as fat necrosis and sclerosing adenosis.
How common is benign breast lumps?
How common is benign breast disease? Benign breast lumps in women are common. Up to half of all women will experience fibrocystic changes that cause noncancerous breast lumps at some point in their lives. Fluctuating hormone levels often cause these breast tissue changes.
What are the most common benign breast masses?
Fibroadenomas are solid, smooth, firm, noncancer lumps most often found in women in their 20s and 30s. They are the most common benign lumps in women and can occur at any age.
What is a fibroadenoma B2?
Fibroadenomas are benign breast lesions so a B2 designation can be given. Our patient can be reassured that this is a benign condition. In Edinburgh, all fibroadenomas >3 cm are excised. Here is a picture of a fibroadenoma which has been removed.
Can you tell if a breast lump is benign without a biopsy?
Most breast lumps are benign (non-cancerous). Your doctor will likely perform a physical exam to evaluate a breast lump. To determine whether that lump is benign, your doctor will likely order a mammogram and breast ultrasound. In addition, breast MRI, PET/CT or scintimammography may be obtained.
How do you know if a breast lump is benign?
Most breast lumps are benign, which means they’re not cancer. Benign breast lumps usually have smooth edges and can be moved slightly when you push against them. They are often found in both breasts. There are several common causes, including normal changes in breast tissue, breast infections, or injury.
Can menopause cause breast lumps?
They often appear and disappear with the menstrual cycle. Breast cysts can appear at any age but are most common in women aged 35-50 years, particularly those approaching menopause. It’s also common for breast cysts to occur in women who have excess estrogen or are using hormone therapy.
Does fibroadenoma cause pain?
A fibroadenoma might feel firm, smooth, rubbery or hard and has a well-defined shape. Usually painless, it might feel like a marble in your breast, moving easily under your skin when examined.
How do you know if a lump in your breast is cancerous?
Other warning signs of breast cancer are:
- a new lump somewhere in your breast or underarm.
- thickening or swelling, even without a lump.
- skin is red, tender, and warm to the touch.
- dimpling, puckering, or scaling of the skin.
- breast or nipple pain.
- change to shape, size, or color of breast.