Benign Breast Conditions
Not all illnesses of the breast are cancer. Noncancerous conditions are called benign.
Benign breast conditions range from cysts to inflammation of the breasts. Some benign breast conditions can be painful and need to be treated. Others may have no impact on your life and do not require treatment.
Some benign breast conditions can mimic cancer, requiring a biopsy to determine if they are benign or malignant (cancerous). During a biopsy, your physician will remove tissue from the abnormal area of your breast and send it to a pathology lab to be analyzed under a microscope.
Your physician will go over the results of your biopsy with you and discuss next steps.