Every woman needs to be an active participant in the fight against breast disease. By performing monthly breast self-exams after each menstrual period, and having a yearly clinical breast exam and regular mammograms, women can dramatically increase the chances for early detection.
Women over 50 should have a mammogram screening every year. Women in their 40's need to have a mammogram performed every one or two years, depending on their risk factors. If you have a family history of cancer, some benign breast diseases or genetic predisposition to breast cancer, your risk factor may be higher.
Most breast lumps are benign but should be evaluated by a general surgeon even if a mass does not appear on the mammogram. After the examination, your surgeon may use a needle to aspirate the mass to determine if it is cancerous or benign.
If a breast evaluation reveals a sac of fluid called a cyst, you may have fibrocystic condition of the breast. Fibrocystic condition causes pain and lumpiness in the breast usually before the menstrual period and is an over-reaction to hormones by the breast tissue. There is no cure for fibrocystic condition but it is benign and there are ways of lessening the symptoms.
Solid masses can be benign or malignant. Some form of biopsy, to remove part or all of the mass for closer examination, will be necessary.
Fibroadenomas are benign tumors of the breast usually found in younger women. They may grow in size but will not spread to the rest of the body. Fibroadenomas can be removed easily, many times under local anesthesia.
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