A 44-year-old member asked:
Can fibroadenomas turn into breast cancer?
3 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosenanswered
General Surgery 36 years experience
No: Fibroadenomas are benign tumors and cannot become malignant. There are rare types that can be locally aggressive within the breast, called phyllodes tumors. If you had this type of fibroadenoma, we would recommend surgical removal. Otherwise, fibroadenomas can be left in the breast once diagnosis is established, provided that it is not large or painful.
6.3k viewsReviewed Dec 31, 2022
Dr. Travis Kidneranswered
Surgical Oncology 19 years experience
Possible: While possible, most do not.
5.5k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Dr. Michael Sabelanswered
Surgical Oncology 31 years experience
No: Fibroadenomas are benign and do not turn into cancer so you do not need them removed. Some will enlarge and they can cause pain, and some women simply dislike having a lump, so surgery is an option. An alternative non-surgical option is cryoablation.
5k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Dec 31, 2022
People also asked
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $44!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.