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Dr. ROBERT Uyeda answered:

Can the radiologist tell breast cancer from a fibroadenoma during a ultrasound, or do you need a biopsy?

Usually yes,

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he can distinguish fibroadenoma from cancer, but not always. Biopsy is the only way to know for sure. Ask your doctor what he recommends, after he reviews the study with you.
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Dr. Barry Rosen answered:

Why would a Fibroadenoma require followup magnified mammogram and ultrasound 6 months after diagnosis if cant become malignant?

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Rarely, what is presumed to be a fibroadenoma is a sarcoma-like tumor (phyllodes tumor). Therefore, if the tumor is growing on the 6-month follow-up study, excision will be recommended. Remember: common things happen most commonly. Chances are it will not grow and be of no concern.
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HELP! I've had a fibroadenoma for 6 years and my latest ultrasound shows "suspicious changes" I have to wait for biopsy. OMG do I have cancer!? I'm25

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Most likely not. But the doctor who did the test was not sure and did the exact next right thing. Plan or do a biopsy. The only thing to do now is to breathe and wait. The answer will come quick enough.
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what is fibroadenoma?

Benign Breast Tumor

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Fibroadenomas are the most common benign breast tumor. They have a tendency to grow in response to high estrogen levels as seen in puberty and pregnancy. They have a characteristic appearance on ultrasound but can be confused with cancers and are often biopsied by nonsurgical means to establish diagnosis. They do not need to be removed but some women opt for this due to pain or cosmetic concerns.
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Can fibroadenoma be treated?

Surgery or watch

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If fibroadenomas are small and not causing any trouble or interfering with the follow up of other suspicious lesions in the breast, they can just be left alone without further risk of problems. Otherwise, if they are very large or growing or causing deformity or pain, they can be removed by surgery (lumpectomy or excision biopsy).
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What can cause a fibroadenoma?

Non cancerous

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Fibroadenomas are common, noncancerous masses seen in teenage girls and young women. We do not know their exact cause. A great resource: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibroadenoma/DS01069
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Can Fibroadenoma turn into cancer?

Very Unlikely

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Fibroadenomas are benign tumors of the breast. They are quite common and are not precancerous. Very rarely there have been cases reported where a fibroadenoma has been thought to turn into a tumor called a cystosarcoma phyllodes of the breast which is a very unusual type of breast cancer.
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Does fibroadenoma turn into cancer?

Benign but depends

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Fibroadenoma of breast is a benign disease , rarely transforms to malignancy , but if there is a family history of breast cancer , chances increases to 3.7 , compared to normal population who did not have family history of breast cancer.
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How can I treat breast fibroadenoma?

Carefully

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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.
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What are the tests for fibroadenoma?

Needle biopsy

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Fibroadenomas have a very classic appearance on mammogram and ultrasound, but this can sometime be misleading. The most definitive test is needle biopsy under X-ray or ultrasound guidance. However, if it has been seen for years on mammography and is unchanged, ongoing observation is a reasonable option.
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