What is a fibroadenoma?

A fibroadenoma is a very common, not cancerous breast condition. A fibroadenoma can often develop during the years of puberty and is the most common lump found in young women. It can usually be felt as a lump on the breast, which is well defined, soft to the touch and moves easily beneath the skin. Sometimes it is described as a “breast mouse”.



Who develops a fibroadenoma?

A fibroadenoma can often develop during the years of puberty and is the most common lump found in young women. Fibroadenomas can also develop in older women.

How is a fibroadenoma assessed?

When you present with a possible fibroadenoma you will be offered a clinical examination, a gel scan (ultrasound) and a mammogram.

If you are over 25 years of age, Mr Charalampoudis will recommend a core biopsy of this fibroadenoma to make sure this is indeed a benign lump and not anything sinister.



What are the treatments for a fibroadenoma?

If the fibroadenoma is quite small and proven benign by biopsy you will not need to take further action. You should however keep an eye on it and remain breast aware.

If the fibroadenoma presents as a large lump that causes symptoms, Mr Charalampoudis may recommend surgery through a small scar to have it removed and ensure its benign nature.



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