How fast does a benign breast tumor grow?

Variable. Different tumors grow at different rates. In general it takes a breast cancer about four years to become palpable from the time of onset. If left untreated a breast cance has an average life span of about four years from the time of diagnosis. These are average figures with wide variations among different tumors and patients.
Usually slow. The general guideline for a benign lesion (i.e. Fibroadenoma) is ~ 10%/year. Over a long period of time (15-20 years) they can actually atrophy and regress.

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If malignant breast tumor, how fast does it grow?

Depends. Tumors are different for everyone. Some grow fast and some grow slow. Age, genetic factors and ethnicity can contribute. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, it is important to take time to explore and understand the treatments and options. In general, it can take 2-4 weeks from the time of diagnosis until the first treatment intervention. Be sure you get your questions answered by your dr. Read more...
Actually slowly. Doubling time of breast cancers is 100 days, so if you believe cancer starts as one cell ie. Maybe a stem cell transformation and that cell divides to begin cancer growth then::::one cell to 2 cells 2 to 4 4 to 8 8 to 16cells etc it takes 6 years to get to a 1 cm size that is 3/8 of a inch. And that is the threshold of what i can feel mammogram may show it earlier. Read more...

How can a benign breast tumor be removed?

Skin incision, U/s or needle localization, excision with normal surrounding tissue. Sample sent to confirm histology; assess margins. Many are accompanied by "pre" cancers, ductal carcinoma in situ. But fibromas, cysts, adenomatous hyperplasia all are treated with excision to prove benignity. Read more...
Depends. Easily felt tumors can be surgically excised using local or general anesthetic. If too small or too deep to be felt, ultrasound or mammogram localization with needle or dye is used to guide removal. Some benign "tumors" may be cysts- and are collapsed by sucking out the fluid through a needle and syringe. After removal, benign tumors should be confirmed with pathology to rule out cancer. Read more...

Is it possible for a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Depends. Most benign breast lesions do not become cancerous. Some benign cell types like atypical hyperplasia or lobular neoplasua can indicate increased future risks of breast cancer. Need to know more about the cell type you are describing. Read more...
Rarely. It is uncommon for a proven benign tumor to become cancerous. But any change in size requires confirmation with a biopsy. The proof of cancer lies in biopsy and pathology examination under the microscope! Read more...

It is possible that a benign breast tumor become cancerous?

Depends on . Which benign tumor. Fibroadenomas, the most common kind, do not become malignant until they become very large. Some other types, though, can undergo malignant transformation. So it is best to get them removed to know what kind of benign tumor. Read more...

How does a removal of a benign breast tumor affect ones breast (size/shape)?

Usually very little. The goal of breast surgery is tumor removal w/clear margins. The "art" of this operation involves removing just enough tissue: too much and you lose the aesthetic benefit of breast conservation; too little necessitates a 2nd operation (re-excision lump-x), likewise worsening the aesthetic result. Oncoplastic surgery incorporates plastic surgical techniques to achieve the best result. Read more...
It can. Removal of a benign tumor requires cutting into br. So any surgery will leave a scar on the breast.. Further if the surgeon is not a specialist he/she may remove more than what is essential and creat a deformity in the size/ shape of the breast. Therefore caution is advised. Perhaps you should consider having surgery done by a plastic surgeon...Who offers possibility of a better cosmetic result. Read more...

Will taking of birth control pills increase my risk of having a benign breast tumor again? I had 1 excised last week. Its my 1st time to take the pill

See below. It is difficult to predict the course in an individual patient. You may consult this site for information on this topic. http://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/hormones/oral-contraceptives-fact-sheet For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. Read more...

Do you think I should have this benign breast tumor removed?

You can't be . Certain that a breast tumor is benign unless the entire thing is removed and sent for pathology examination. But if your doctor recommends no removal after all tests have been completed, i would follow his advice. Keep in mind though that every breast lump could be cancer. Read more...
It depends. Some benign lumps such as small fibroadenomas can be observed. Some benign lesions especially if associated with atypical changes need to be removed. Please consult a breast care provider. Read more...

I was diagnosed with benign breast tumor and it feels bigger?

It's possible. The most common benign tumor of the breast is a fibroadenoma. These are estrogen-sensitive and, although benign, can grow. If you feel that it has grown, a simple ultrasound can determine this; if so, we often advise minor surgical excision since it otherwise may continue to grow. Read more...