Benign or non-cancerous breast conditions are very common. In fact, most breast conditions or changes found in the breast and examined under the microscope are benign and these changes can be found in most women.Many symptoms of benign conditions are the same as those seen in breast cancer.
A benign breast condition often causes a lump or area of thickening. It may or may not be tender to the touch.In women in their 30s and 40s, benign conditions (fibroadenoma, fibrocystic changes, atypical hyperplasia) are also the most likely causes. Cysts (non-cancerous, fluid-filled sacs) and non-invasive cancers (ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS) are more common in older women.
Non-milky discharge from benign conditions is usually clear, yellow, green, or brown in color.Discharge from a single duct (bloody or non-bloody) can be caused by benign conditions such as intraductal papilloma and duct ectasia (see below), but can also be due to precancerous conditions (such as DCIS) or cancer, and should be looked at right away.
A mammogram will miss some cancers, and it sometimes leads to follow up of findings that are not cancer, including biopsies.
Most recent studies have found that MRI is the most sensitive test for detecting breast cancer in women at high risk of breast cancer. Breast ultrsound is another option.If one of these tests is used, it should be used in addition to, not instead of, a screening mammogram.
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