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Can fibroadenomas turn into breast cancer?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Sabel
Dr. Michael Sabel
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Possible

While possible, most do not.

In brief: Possible

While possible, most do not.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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