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To remove lump or not to remove lump, that is the question :oP
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To remove lump or not to remove lump, that is the question :oP

Hi,
I wrote several days ago concerning a fibroadenoma with florid hyperplasia located in my right breast. I finally saw a surgeon because that is what the radiologist recommended (it grew about 1.5 cm. in 6 six months.), so they wanted to make sure this was a benign process. While having this fibroadenoma in my body is harmless for the most part, the surgeon suggested I remove it because if I kept it, I would always have to worry about it. Plus, I'd have to get biannual exams and what not. I also opted for this procedure because I feel extremely uncomfortable with it. I may be fine now since I'm very young, but what about later in life? Plus, it can be extremely painful, enough to where I can't lie on my right side while going to sleep.
The only drawbacks of removing the fibroadenoma that I know of is the scar tissue interfering with future mammagrams...are there any other major drawbacks? Is this a bad decision? Is this a common decision among ppl my age (early twenties). Should I see a specialist? Florid hyperplasia increases your chances of cancer by 2 times. Does this mean 20% chance of getting cancer?
I know I'm young to be worrying about this, but I'm thinking in terms of the future.
Thanks for your help!!! :o)
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Dear Morgan Ashly: Increasing the risk of cancer 2 times, means 2 times your lifetime risk - not 20%.  Most would make the decision to remove the fibroadenoma - for precisely the reasons you describe.
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