Fibroadenoma of the breast is a noncancerous (benign) tumor.
Fibroadenoma is the most common benign tumor of the breast. Benign tumor means it is not caused by cancer. Fibroadenoma is the most common breast tumor in women under age 30.
A fibroadenoma is made up of breast gland tissue and tissue that helps support the breast gland tissue. A fibroadenoma is a firm, smooth, rubbery or hard lump with a well-defined shape. It moves easily under your skin when touched and is usually painless. Typically about the size of a marble, fibroadenomas can enlarge during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
African American women tend to develop fibroadenomas more often and at an earlier age than Caucasian women.
The cause of fibroadenomas is unknown. However, fibroadenoma development is probably related to reproductive hormones. Fibroadenomas occur in greater frequency during your reproductive years, can increase in size during pregnancy or estrogen therapy, and tend to shrink after menopause, when estrogen stimulation decreases.
Fibroadenomas are solid breast lumps or masses that usually are:
- Round with distinct borders
- Easily moved
- Firm or rubbery
A fibroadenoma may feel like a marble within your breast when you press on it. You can have one or many fibroadenomas. The average fibroadenoma is about an inch (2.5 centimeters) in diameter. Those larger than 2 inches (5 centimeters) are called giant fibroadenomas.
Complications:Most fibroadenomas don't affect your risk of breast cancer. However, your breast cancer risk might increase slightly if you have a complex fibroadenoma - which may contain cysts or bits of dense, opaque tissue called calcifications. Homeopathy is strongly suggested in the treatment of Fibroadenoma. Homeopathy can be given as a baseline treatment in mild and moderate cases where as it has good supportive role in advanced cases of tissue changes. The results using homeopathy in the cases of Fibroadenoma are very good.
Homeopathic medicines are prescribed after studying patient's complete case history. It enhances the body's self-healing mechanism (immunity) thus further recurrence of fibroadenoma can be prevented.
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