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Breast Pain: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Breast pain is a symptom of many conditions. Learn more about breast pain, causes, diagnostics, treatment, and when to see your healthcare provider....

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An Overview of Mammary Duct Ectasia

Mammary duct ectasia is a benign breast condition most common around menopause. Learn how it's detected and what can be done to treat it. Mammary...

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Benign Breast Conditions

A lump or pain in the breast may not be cancer but still needs care. Learn about the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for benign breast...

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Radial Scars and Breast Cancer Risk

Learn about radial scars and the relationship they have to the development of breast cancer, plus find out about available treatment options. A...

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An Overview Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia of the Breast

Learn what atypical ductal hyperplasia is, how often it leads to cancer, and what treatments are used to manage it. Atypical ductal hyperplasia...

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An Overview of Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia of the Breast

Atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH) is not breast cancer, but is considered a precancerous condition. Learn how its detected, treated, and monitored....

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An Overview of Breast Fibroadenomas

Fibroadenomas aren't cancerous, but they may indicate a higher risk of breast cancer. Learn about these benign breast lumps. Breast fibroadenomas...

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Breast Oil Cysts: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

What are breast oil cysts, what causes them, and how are they best diagnosed? Learn about the treatment options that are available. Breast oil cysts...

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Benign Breast Changes That Mimic Breast Cancer

What benign conditions can mimic breast cancer? How are these breast-cancer look-alikes similar on an exam, mammogram, ultrasound, and MRI? Most of...

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An Overview of Subareolar Nipple Abscess

A nipple abscess or a subareolar abscess can cause a lump and pain. Learn about the causes and symptoms of this breast condition and how it's...

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Why Some People Have a Third Nipple

Having a third nipple is fairly common and may run in families. Learn about the incidence, as well as types, causes, breast cancer risk, and removal....

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Types of Nipples

About 10% of women have flat or inverted nipples. Learn about these nipple variations, as well as nipple changes that may be concerning. Just as...

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An Overview of Gynecomastia

Learn about gynecomastia, a benign male breast condition in which a male has one or two prominent breasts. Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the...

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What Are Breast Hematomas?

Breast hematomas are benign but can look like tumors on a mammogram. Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of these "breast...

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An Overview of Mastalgia

Breast pain can be cyclical (related to the menstrual cycle) or non-cyclical. It may also originate from outside the breast completely. Mastalgia is...

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An Overview of Breast Fat Necrosis

You may have been told you have fat necrosis after experiencing a trauma or having breast cancer surgery. Learn the symptoms, causes, and treatments....

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An Overview of Nipple Discharge

There are many causes of nipple discharge both before and during menopause, ranging from hormonal changes to breast cancer. Nipple discharge or...

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A Large Areola: Normal or Not?

The areola is a complex structure that changes in size and appearance over a lifetime. There’s no such thing as a too-large areola; learn why. The...

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What Are Milk Lines?

Milk lines appear in all embryonic mammals as a precursor to the mammary glands. Learn the purpose of milk lines, their role in breast development,...

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An Overview of Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Fibrocystic breast changes are common and shouldn't be confused with breast cancer. The condition can be painful and you have options for...

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Why Are My Breasts Uneven?

It's normal to have one breast bigger than the other. Learn about some conditions that may cause breast asymmetry. A lot of things come in...

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An Overview of Adenosis of the Breast

Adenosis is a benign breast condition occurring in the milk-producing glands. Read more about symptoms, causes, and potential risk for breast cancer....

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An Overview of Intraductal Papillomas in the Breast

An intraductal papilloma is a wart-like growth on the milk duct lining. While it is not cancer, it can slightly increase your risk of the disease. An...

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