Diseases & Conditions

Breast Health

Common Breast Conditions

Although your biggest concern may be that you have breast cancer, there are a number of benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions a woman can and probably will experience during her lifetime. These include changes that occur during the menstrual cycle and other changes that are not related to a woman's menstrual cycle. Many women experience some symptoms such as breast pain, lumps, or nipple discharge by the time they reach menopause.

Common benign breast conditions generally fall into several broad categories and include: breast pain, or mastalgia, benign breast tumors and solitary lumps, fibrocystic changes, nipple problems and discharge, and infections or inflammation. It is important to note that most women have normal physiological changes, such as minor tenderness, swelling, and lumpiness that they experience before or after their menstrual periods.

Mastalgia (Breast Pain)

Common Benign Lumps

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Nipple Problems and Discharge

Breast Infections and Inflammations

Diagnosing Benign Breast Conditions

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