Fibroadenoma; the breast lump in women

The attractive breast

One of the most attractive parts of a woman’s body is her breast and so she sees to it that her breast is properly fitted into whatever outfit she is wearing. However, she most times fail/forget to do a check on her breast and this can result to formation of lumps without her notice.

Finding a lump in one’s beast is really scary but doing self-examination at least twice a week can help you detect any abnormal growth. A woman was able to detect a tiny lump in her breast and when she went for a scan, the tiny lump she felt was found to as a fibroadenoma.


What then is a fibroadenoma?

A fibroadenoma is a non-cancerous tumor in the breast that is commonly found in women in their 20’s and 30’s but, they can also be found in women of any age. Fibroadenomas are usually so small that they cannot be felt. They have a clearly defined edge and the tumors have a detectable shape when felt and distinct from the surrounding tissues.


Types of fibroadenoma
  1. Simple fibroadenoma

2. Complex fibroadenoma

The simple fibroadenoma do not increase one’s risk of having cancer while the complex fibroadenoma can slightly increase one’s risk of having cancer.

Causes of fibroadenoma

The exact cause of fibroadenoma is not known. However, hormones such as estrogen may play a part in the growth and development of tumors. These tumors may grow, particularly during pregnancy. During menopause, they often shrink. It is also possible for fibroadenomas to resolve without treatment.

How can fibroadenoma be diagnosed?

A physical examination is usually conducted and the breast palpated (examined manually). An ultrasound or mammogram imaging test may also be done.


Treating a fibroadenoma
Like I mentioned earlier in the post, a fibroadenoma can resolve without treatment and hence, not necessarily be removed; Fibroadenomas that do not grow and are not cancerous is of necessity be monitored closely with clinical exams and imaging tests such as mammogram and ultrasound. There exist cases where the fibroadenoma is immediately removed and such cases include:


  1. If it causes pain


  1. If there is a family history of cancer


  1. If it impacts the natural shape of the breast


  1. If your biopsy result is questionable.


So women, let’s make self-breast examination part of our routine so that we can detect any abnormal growth in our breast and seek medical help early enough.


  1. Fibroadenomas (2011, September 27). American cancer society; Retrieved June 30, 2012 from

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