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Non cancerous lumps

Fibroadenoma of the breast

Fibroadenomas are benign tumours of the breasts, containing fibrous or glandular tissue. They are usually round, firm, painless, several centimetres across.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is the examination of tissue under a microscope. A core of tissue can be removed using a needle. The lump can also be removed as an ‘excision biopsy’. This means having an operation to actually remove the lump. Sometimes this is the only way of getting the results.

Breast infections not associated with breast feeding

These infections may be around the nipple or may be away from the nipple in the main part of the breast. In general, abscesses may be treated with needle drainage of the pus and antibiotics. Occasionally, this does not get rid of the complete infection and then an operation may be necessary. After this, the infection may get completely better or may go on to form a draining sinus. If this happens, an operation will be necessary to remove the underlying tissue.

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