Cancer may be the first thing that comes to mind if you notice a lump or change in one of your breasts.
However, benign breast disease may need to be treated or monitored closely, especially if it is one that can raise your risk for breast cancer later on. Here is what you need to know. At some point, most women will be diagnosed with a benign breast condition, like a lump or mass, pain, an infection, nipple discharge, or skin changes.
For instance, many women experience some swelling or lumpiness in their breasts called fibrocystic breast changes before their periods.
But there are a few that can make breast cancer more likely, explained Richard J. For instance:. Your doctor can make a diagnosis and determine whether the change affects your breast cancer risk.
And together, you can decide on next steps. If it is bothersome, there are things you can do to feel better.
If you are familiar with your breasts you may be more likely to notice any unusual changes that could be a sign of breast cancer. Read more on WA Health website. Read about the risks, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and Garvan's research for better management and outcomes.
Read more on Garvan Institute of Medical Research website. If you experience difficulties with breastfeeding, such as engorgement or mastitis, seek the advice of a midwife, lactation consultant, the Australian Breastfeeding Association or your doctor.
Read more on Radiation Oncology Targeting Cancer website.
Your age, hormone levels, and medicines you take may cause lumps, bumps, and discharges (fluids that are not breast milk). If you have a breast lump, pain, discharge or skin irritation, see your health care provider. Although many women fear cancer, most breast problems are not. Fibrocystic breast disease causes a person to have lumpy, and sometimes painful, breasts. It is a very common condition and not harmful.
Breast cancer is the growth of abnormal cells in the breast. These cells can invade the breast and surrounding tissue and spread to other parts of the body.
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