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Can I Die From Breast Fibroadenoma If I Ignore It
Benign lump in the breast composed of fibrous/connective tissues and glandular tissue. It is the most common breast tumor in adolescent women. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenoma is easy to move, with clearly defined edges. It is usually diagnosed through breast exam, sono, mammogram and a needle biopsy ...Read more
Carefully: A fibroadenoma of the breast is a benign tumor and can be safely followed with observation. However, the only way to know that it is a fibroadenoma is to have it biopsied. If it is confirmed to be benign, observation is appropriate, until it has changed - then repeat biopsy is needed. It may be more reasonable to have it excised, an not take a chance on missing a cancer. ...Read more
"Rubbery" lump: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumor. They can be found as early as the teen years and are often estrogen-sensitive, growing in response to bcps or pregnancy. On examination, they often feel round-to-oval, well- defined, and rubbery. They also have a distinct appearance on ultrasound and mammography, but can be confused with cancers: when suspected, a (non-surgical) biopsy is indicated. ...Read more
Fairly common: Benign breast nodules such as fibroadenoma are fairly common. There seems to be a degree of heredity in female family members. Breast tenderness, especially near the time of the menstrual cycle, is also associated with this. Most can be observed if they have a benign radiology or ultrasound appearance, and if they remain stable in size. ...Read more
Fibroadenoma breast: Benign lump in the breast composed of fibrous/connective tissues and glandular tissue. It is the most common breast tumor in adolescent women. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenoma is easy to move, with clearly defined edges. It is usually diagnosed through breast exam, sono, mammogram and a needle biopsy for a definitive answer. ...Read more
Do-able: Fibroadenomas are the most common benign breast tumor (removal optional). Standard rx is a surgical lumpectomy under twilight anesthesia. Cryoablation uses a needle probe placed via ultrasound under local anesthesia to freeze the tumor, after which it dies. This option has been around for over a decade. While I prefer the surgical route due to pain, my colleagues who do this often swear by it. ...Read more
A fibroadenoma is a benign mass. You have fibrocystic changes which is why your clinician told you to avoid cola and other caffeine containing foods (coffee, tea, iced tea, chocolate). Avoiding cola will decrease the pain and lumpiness in your breast.
If you were told to avoid cola for a fibroadenoma, then I recommend you seek out a breast specialist for a second opinion. ...Read more
Benign tumor: A fibroadenoma is a common benign breast tumor. They are generally firm, somewhat mobile, smooth walled, painless, and slow growing. The definitive diagnosis can only be made by pathologic study which requires either a biopsy or removal of the mass. ...Read more
Does breast fibroadenoma go away and tend to reappear in the same spot in 5 years? Or was it just hidden somehow and not clearly felt in breast exams?
The latter reason: Multiple fibroadenomas, some too small and did not get taken out by surgical excision, reappear as these get more visible with imaging, or become palpable on breast exams, based on studies pertinent to this question. As benign tumors go, they start really small microscopically, then become visible nodules big enough so we could palpate, feel or image them radiographically. ...Read more
Tissue-Diagnosis: Fibroadenomas are the most common breast tumors. Even the best of us can be fooled by exam or even ultrasound findings--biopsy is the best way to DX definitively. These do not need to be surgically removed although many women prefer to if they are large, palpable, and/or growing. The operation can be done under twilight anesthesia, usually in a cosmetic manner. Cryotherapy is another option. ...Read more
Biopsy: The only sure way to inentify a breast fibroadenoma is to take a sample of it and to have a pathology doctor look at it under the microscope. This can be done either by taking a needle core biopsy, which can be done in the office, or by doing an excisional biopsy, which removes the entire mass and is done usually in the operating room. Once it is removed, it should not cause ongoing problems. ...Read more
Not necessarily: A fibroadenoma is a benign breast lump that does not turn into cancer or necessitate removal. Sometimes they shrink over time or after a biopsy. The most important issue is being sure that any lump in the breast is 100% evaluated and explained. If the fibroadenoma were to get larger, one worries that there might be a cancer behind it or a new lump is ignored thinking it is only a fibroadenoma. ...Read more
Depends: Is your doctor aware that it had been present in the past or is it very new for you? Have you had it evaluated for any changes by ultrasound? Do you have any family risks for breast cancer? If it is something that has been present and stable for some time, then you could discuss it at your next visit. If it is concerning or changing for you, contact the doctor soon. ...Read more
Generally, not: A breast fibroadenoma is usually solid, well defined, and "rubbery" to palpation and does not involve the mammary ducts, thus no discharge. During pregnancy, the discharge may be the initial preparation of the breasts to manufacture milk. Call your OB md and have it evaluated. ...Read more
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If I plan to get pregnant and have a family history of breast cancer, should I remove a myxoid breast fibroadenoma confirmed after a core biopsy?
Breast surgeon: The surgical management of a breast mass must be made one on one as this is a complex issue where one simple answer can not be applied to everyone. Consider discussing with a breast surgeon. Given your family history of breast cancer consider genetic cancer screening for BRCA 1 and 2. Check out MYrisk testing offered by Myriad labs ...Read more
I've been in surgery 2 times for breast fibroadenoma. Now a new lump is exist and when I pinch my nipple, brown discharge came out. Is it dangerous?
Fibroadenoma near: Ducts/nipple commonly bleed. Cannot be sure it is fibroadenoma even with two priors. Needs excision. ...Read more
How do you know: If a biopsy has been done, and proved fibroadenoma, it is ok to leave. If you are assuming that is the diagnosis, don't. Have evaluated, imaged, and biopsies if necessary. ...Read more
Complicated question: Many patients with needle biopsy proven fibroadenomas are followed with serial mammograms or ultrasounds to verify stable size and are never removed. Others with unusual characteristics or cause patient concerns are removed. Speak with your doctor about your individual case. ...Read more
Is it possible to have 2 fibroadenomas in one breast for 19years without them becoming cancerous?
I have 8 fibroadenomas from both breasts. I am not taking any medicine or birth control. Where did they come from and should I be concern?
These are benign: Tumors of the breast, . They are related to estrogen stimulation but are benign and you cannot prevent them. I do think there is a subtle association with brain meningioma which also also related to higher estrogen stimulation. Talk to your ob/gyn about these. In general they need to be carefully followed with imaging. ...Read more
Hello. Can fibroadenoma become cancerous. It is located @L breast *3 years. It was removed 2yrs ago, but it came back bigger and hurts a lot.?
Fibroadenoma: Breast fibroadenomas are rarely cancerous, however, in your case, they can be large and painful which should prompt removal so as not to mask an underlying "hidden" separate cancerous tumor. ...Read more
Benign tumor: Fibroadenomas are common noncancerous (benign) tumors of the breast. They frequently appear in older teenagers and young adults. Get it checked out. If it is confirmed to be a fibrioadenoma you have the choice of surgical removal or close followup. ...Read more
Fibroadenoma: Fibroadenoma of the breast is well-defined nodular mass, usually palpable and movable. ...Read more
No, it is unusual: You should consult an expert breast specialist who can evaluate you further and guide you about proper treatment. ...Read more
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