Many people might be panic and imagine terrible scenes of them struggling with cancer when knowing there’s a lump in their breast. In fact, benign breast conditions or non-cancerous breast lumps are very common and most women have them.
What are benign breast lumps?
Benign breast lumps (or benign breast diseases) are noncancerous growing inside the breasts. Unlike cancerous lumps, benign breast lumps neither affects the breasts nor spreads to other body parts. According to research, the benign breast lumps could be divided into three types:
- Non-proliferative disorders which contain no future risk,
- Proliferative disorders without atypia which have mild to moderate cancerous risk,
- Atypical hyperplasias which have a substantial increase in cancerous risk.
Benign breast lumps could possibly occur in both men and women. To describe the range of breast lumps, your doctors might require you take a test or a biopsy for diagnosis. A biopsy is a procedure that promotes the most exact result and specification of the breast lumps. Statistically, most biopsy procedures do not show cancerous results. Some benign breast lumps cause pain and discomfort, but mostly they do not reveal any specific sign and do not require treatment.
What is the cause of benign breast lumps?
Normally, the benign tumor does not have any specific cause. These lumps appear when the body cells are divided and grown at an excessive rate. Our body is capable of balancing the cell growth and its division. When the old cells die, the body can automatically replace them with new healthy cells. But when dead cells could not be replaced and developed by its own, the lumps is formed.
What increases your risk of having benign breast lumps?
Menopausal hormone therapy, having a family history of breast cancer or benign breast conditions or several lifestyle factors can drive you to the risk of having breast lumps. According to a research, your diet throughout teenage years could possibly increase your risk of having benign breast lumps in the adulthood. For example, if you drink too much alcohol when you were still adolescent, the breast lumps may possibly occur in the later years.
Moreover, eating foods contain carotenoids such as melons, carrots, sweet potatoes and squash, nuts, and beans can help you decrease the chance of getting lumps in the breasts.
In short, if you notice any changes in your breasts, you should meet a doctor to check them as soon as possible. Several changes in the breasts do not signal any symptom and might only found during a mammogram. If your symptoms or mammogram results suggest that you may have a problem with your breast, your doctor will take more steps to find out what it is. Carefully get your breasts checked is the only ways to help you find out whether you’re at high risk of cancer or just need to get rid of the benign lumps.
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Review Date: January 16, 2017 | Last Modified: February 13, 2017
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