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Benign Breast Conditions

The breasts can undergo changes that cause symptoms such as lumps or inflammation. Benign breast conditions are common, and not cancerous.

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During a complete breast exam, we evaluate all patients to determine if their condition is benign, and if they need further diagnostic tests or treatment.

We treat many types of benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions, including:

  • Breast pain (mastodynia)
  • Breast infection (mastitis) and breast abscesses
  • Non-cancerous breast lumps (fibrocystic changes, fibroadenomas, lipomas cysts, papillomas)
  • Enlarged breast tissue in a man (gynecomastia)
  • Nipple problems (eczema, duct ectasia, periductal mastitis, nipple discharge)
  • Pregnancy and lactational changes (lactating adenoma, galactocele)
  • Conditions of the skin (eczema, sebaceous cyst, Paget's disease of the breast)

For a complete evaluation or a second opinion about breast changes, call the Comprehensive Breast Program at (603) 653-3500.

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Learn more about benign breast conditions from the American Cancer Society.