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What is benign breast disease?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Benign breast disease is found in many women and has no cancerous changes. Benign breast tissue can include cysts or benign lumps or masses. Most common benign tissue include fibrocysts or fibroadenomas. These have no risk of malignancy and do not transform from benign to cancerous.  However, any woman with a new mass, even with a history of benign masses in her breasts, should have this mass diagnosed by ultrasound, mammogram, and if necessary, biopsy. Remember, approximately one out of seven to eight women will develop breast cancer in her life.

Benign breast disease is a common condition marked by benign (not cancer) changes in breast tissue. These changes may include irregular lumps or cysts, breast discomfort, sensitive nipples, and itching. These symptoms may change throughout the menstrual cycle and usually stop after menopause. Also called fibrocystic breast changes, fibrocystic breast disease, and mammary dysplasia.

This answer is based on source information from National Cancer Institute.

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