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Fibroadenomas of the breast

April 19, 2019

What is a fibroadenoma?

A fibroadenoma develops in the breast and is common in women.
A fibroadenoma is a benign tumor . They can vary in size. Some are so small that a person cannot feel them, while others are easy to locate during self-examination.
A person may have one fibroadenoma or many. Fibroadenomas may maintain their size or grow or shrink over time.
If a fibroadenoma is large enough to touch, it will usually feel like a round, relatively firm lump that it is possible to move under the skin.

Symptoms

A fibroadenoma is not usually painful or tender to the touch. Most people do not experience any symptoms other than the lump.
They may also get bigger during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or while taking hormone replacement therapy.
However, they will usually return to their previous size after these hormonal fluctuations.

Diagnosis

According to the ACS, doctors can detect a fibroadenoma through an initial physical examination if it is large enough. If the doctor suspects a fibroadenoma, they will confirm it using an imaging test, such as a mammogram, an ultrasound, or both.
To be sure that the lump is a fibroadenoma, the doctor may recommend a biopsy. The individual will receive a local
anesthetic, after which the doctor will remove a small sample of the lump to send to a laboratory for testing.

Treatment

A doctor may recommend surgical removal
This procedure can take place under either a local or general anesthetic.
The choice will depend on the features of the fibroadenoma and its location in the breast.
According to research, only around 0.002 to 0.125 percent of fibroadenomas become cancerous.

Takeaway

In most cases, a fibroadenoma will stay the same or shrink, and it will not affect a person’s life.
However, it is essential that anyone who finds a lump in their breast seeks further medical advice. Identifying a fibroadenoma is straightforward, and treatment is not often necessary, but a diagnosis can give a person peace of mind.

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