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What Exactly Is Atypical Hyperplasia Of The Breast
Irregular Cells: Atypical hyperplasia (ah) is the term used to describe the development of abnormal cells in the breast. These cells may originate from the breast ducts (atypical ductal hyperplasia) or the lobules (atypical lobular hyperplasia). Ah is not cancer, but it increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Therefore patients with a diagnosis of ah often require more frequent breast cancer screening. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: Atypcal hyperplasia can be a marker of pre-cancerous changes of the breast. A person with this finding may need a surgical biopsy to remove a portion of the breast tissue to be sure all is benign, or close monitoring. There would be no symptoms from this condition, and likely no breast lump associated with it either. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/atypical-hyperplasia/ds01018\p. ...Read more
Close observation: When atypical hyperplasia is found at the time of a nonsurgical needle biopsy, it is often recommended to remove a little more tissue with a surgical biopsy to be certain that this did not miss a cancer. Assuming only atypia is seen, this is not a pre-cancerous condition, but rather a marker for a 2-4 fold increased risk for breast cancer. Therefore, careful follow-up is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had surgical breast biopsy then atypical hyperplasia removal. Was this necessary? What would have happened if i hadn't intervened?
Small percentage: In a recent study in the annals of surgical oncology, they looked at how many surgical excisions performed for atypical hyperplasia displayed either dcis or cancer. Out of the cases that the study reviewed, only about 1% of the cases upstaged to either dcis or cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With a previous diagnosis of atypical lobular hyperplasia, is it wiser to terminate a pregnancy at age 49 to avoid increase breast cancer risk?
No simple answer: This question is too complex to answer in this format--please see a breast surgeon to discuss. Population studies note a higher risk of breast cancer just after pregnancies, likely related to women who have existing (hormone-sensitive) cancers in their breast during pregnancy. Also, first pregnancies late in life are associated w/increase breast ca risk. How this might affect you is hard to know. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on location.: Papillomas are benign polyp-like growths found within breast ducts. When near the nipple, they can cause bloody nipple discharge. In the absence of 'atypia', excision is unnecessary unless they are in the periphery of the breast (away from the nipple)--in that circumstance, cancers are sometimes associated with this finding, warranting surgical biopsy. ...Read more
Benign: Intraductal papillomas are usually a benign condition of a nodule in a breast duct. It can cause nipple bleeding and can sometimes be seen on mammogram or breast ultrasound. Surgery may be indicated to remove the papilloma to be sure it is benign. Hyperplasia can be a pre-cancerous change on or near the papilloma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To have a second opinion about the need of removing a fibroadenoma 5.5×5.2×2.4 CM with usual focal hyperplasia ductal in right breast. ?
Sure.: It's always OK to get a second opinion, especially when surgery is involved. See a breast surgeon. A breast mass measuring 5cm is quite large, and a biopsy only removes and tests a tiny piece of it. Without removing the whole mass, it's hard to know for sure that it's benign (not cancer). ...Read more
Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?
Need medical checkup: It is not uncommon to have some numbness/heaviness after surgery in any area of your body. This can take up 1 to 2 years to completely normalize. But you should have annual clinical breast examinations with your doctor who did breast surgery and seek his advice. An annual mammogram is also recommended. ...Read more
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