FIBROADENOMA

Fibroadenomas are solid, benign breast lumps that are common in young women. They can increase in size during puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding and as women head towards the process of menopause.

HOW ARE THEY DIAGNOSED?

If you find a lump in your breast, you should be referred to the breast clinic. Following a discussion of your symptoms and breast examination the following tests may be performed:

• Mammogram (in women over 40 years old)
• Ultrasound
• Ultrasound guided breast biopsy

Following a biopsy, a further appointment will be arranged so we can discuss the outcome of the biopsy, normally within a week. All biopsies (including non-cancerous biopsies like fibroadenomas) are discussed at the MDT to ensure transparency of patient care and decision making.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT FOR FIBROADENOMAS?

Many fibroadenomas do not continue to enlarge and may shrink over time, but if fibroadenomas are large or are causing discomfort they may require surgical removal. This is normally done in theatre under a general anaesthetic but often as a day case procedure.

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