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Fibroadenoma, what to do?

Hello! Few months back I found a lump in my right breast. The doctor said that is it fibroadenoma, around 1.5 cm, maybe 2cm.  He said i that we can remove it or watch it regularly. What should I do? I think it is better to remove it, because I am scared that it will keep growing(it is definitely bigger now, not a lot but still..). On the other side I fear that it will come back eventually...I lot of people say that it will. I don't know what to do..
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Fibroadenoma of the breast is a common benign lesion affecting women during their reproductive years. Despite their benignity, fibroadenomas can cause physical deformity due to large size and may produce discomfort or emotional distress in affected individuals. The traditional management options available to women diagnosed with a fibroadenoma include observation or surgical excision. Two newer approaches, percutaneous excision and in situ cryoablation, have been developed and are less invasive than surgical excision.

In most patients with fibroadenoma(s), the ideal approach is confirmation with percutaneous core biopsy and conservative follow-up. Because the malignant potential of fibroadenomas is extremely low, treatment is not required on an oncologic basis. This conservative approach is the least costly in terms of dollars and morbidity. A significant minority of fibroadenomas will disappear without treatment; with the remaining lesions either increasing in size or remaining unchanged.

Because fibroadenomas can be bothersome to some patients, causing physical deformity, discomfort or emotional distress, most breast surgeons will respect an informed patient's preference for treatment. Traditional open excisional biopsy is effective treatment in such cases but it is the most costly option because of the operating room charges and time off from work. Open excision may still be the best option in some cases based on large size of the fibroadenoma or the judgment of the surgeon or patient preference.

Source: https://www.breastsurgeons.org/docs/statements/Management-of-Fibroadenomas.pdf
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I love that information proved by Chin!  Very helpful.  I'd personally look into the less invasive approaches. Surgery is a bear to deal with often!  Maybe you could watch it until it gets larger and more impactful?  
Well, I thought of that as well, but it could get large really fast and could cause complications, the scaring and operation will be worse..It is unpredictable really. I'm only worried about it coming back. I will talk to my doctor about more details before doing the surgery
Yes, I understand. The wait and see approach is a little hard as I know I always want to feel like I'm in control of something.  Please let me know how this goes, okay?
Yes, I will share my experience. I know a lot of young women deal with this, I hope it helps..And thank you very much!
Hello again! Update here. I went to the doctors again. The fibroadenoma was bigger(+0.5cm for less than 6 months). It wasn't going anywhere.  They advised me to removed it so... I did. The surgery was today, the thing is gone now!  It was really quick, maybe 30 minutes? Everybody was really nice. (something unusual for my country lol). I feel fine now, they prescribed me painkillers but there is no pain so far(several hours later).  The doctor told me to wear a nice supportive and comfortable bra, so they won't be any deformaties and the scarring to be minimal. Hope it helps someone! It is not scary at all, don't be afraid to do it if you need to.  

Ahhh, thanks so much for returning and letting us know the outcome.  So glad you aren't in pain and this wasn't scary. AND that it is finally OUT!  Take care sweetie.
Thank you so much for the support! Take care too <3
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