- Non-cancerous Breast Conditions
- What is normal breast tissue and what does it do?
- Finding non-cancerous breast conditions
- Breast cancer can be found early
- Diagnosing non-cancerous breast changes
- Nipple discharge exam (nipple smear)
- Types of non-cancerous breast conditions
- Fibrosis and simple cysts
- Lobular carcinoma in situ
- Phyllodes tumors
- Intraductal papillomas
- Granular cell tumors
- Fat necrosis and oil cysts
- Duct ectasia
- Other non-cancerous breast conditions
- How non-cancerous breast conditions affect breast cancer risk
- For women at increased breast cancer risk
- To learn more
Non-cancerous Breast Conditions
Non-cancerous breast conditions are breast changes that are not cancer. They are very common and most women have them. In fact, most breast changes that are sampled (biopsied [by-op-seed]) and tested turn out to be benign (be-nine). Benign is another word for non-cancerous.
Unlike breast cancers, benign breast conditions are not life-threatening. But sometimes they can cause symptoms that bother you. And certain benign conditions are linked with a higher risk of developing breast cancer in the future. We will cover this in more detail later.
Last Medical Review: 01/14/2014
Last Revised: 01/14/2014