Benign Biopsy Results

If the results of your biopsy indicate that your breast abnormality is benign, this means it is not cancer.

Here are common benign abnormalities of the breast:

  • Fibrocystic changes. These are changes in your breast tissue that can happen during your menstrual cycle. Often, they present as lumps filled with fluid, but they can also cause inflammation, pain, lumpiness and sometimes nipple discharge.
  • Fibroadenomas. These are hard lumps that may feel like marbles in your breast. They are most common in people in their 20s and 30s, and are made of breast tissue. They often become smaller as you grow older.
  • Intraductal papilloma tumors. These lumps are wart-like and form within the milk duct of your breast. This is why they can cause abnormal nipple discharge.

You and your physician will come up with a plan for treating your benign breast condition. In some cases, the benign mass can be removed surgically; in other cases, no further action is needed.

Even after you’ve received a benign diagnosis, it’s important to remain aware of any changes in your breast tissue and notify your physician.