Fibroadenomas and Fibroadenosis
Finding a lump in the breast can be a scary experience, but not all lumps and tumors are cancerous.
Most common lumps seen more in the age group 15 -25 years.
- May be single or multiple
- Usually slow growing, benign and painless
- They are moveable under the skin and have a smooth rubbery texture
- They are typically not tender
The exact cause of fibroadenomas is not known. Hormones such as estrogen may play a part in the growth and development. Taking oral contraceptives before the age of 20 has been associated with a higher risk of developing fibroadenomas.
- Not associated with cancer and needs confirmation and reassurance
- Most fibroadenomas are left alone and not treated
- Course of medication can be given for 3 - 6 months
- If large or causing pain, lumpectomy surgery can be done to remove it