Benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions are very common, and most women have them. In fact, most breast changes are benign. Unlike breast cancers, benign breast conditions are not life-threatening. But some are linked with a higher risk of getting breast cancer later on.
Some breast changes may not cause symptoms and may be found during a mammogram. But sometimes they can cause symptoms that are like those from breast cancer, so it can be hard to tell the difference from just symptoms alone. 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.