No abnormal or cancer cells are present.
Noncancerous (benign) problems include fluid-filled Reference cysts Opens New Window, fibrocystic lumps, and firm tumors (fibroadenomas). Fibroadenomas may be either taken out or left in but checked closely. They do not go away, but they are not likely to become cancer.
Other noncancerous problems include growths of fat tissue (lipoma); scar tissue with calcium (calcification); an Reference abscess Opens New Window; too much growth of cells (called atypical ductal hyperplasia, or ADH); or changes in the breast tissue cells called columnar alteration with prominent snouts and secretions (CAPSS). If ADH is present, an open biopsy is needed to make sure there is no cancer.
Cancer cells are present.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference C. Dale Mercer, MD, FRCSC, FACS - General Surgery