Benign and Less Common Conditions of the Breast
Benign (Noncancerous) Breast Conditions
Experts at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program also diagnose and treat a variety of benign conditions that affect the breast, including:
- An abscess, or collection of puss, can sometimes form in conjunction with mastitis (an infection).
- In addition to prescribing antibiotics to treat the mastitis, surgeons at the Magee-Womens Breast Cancer Program may surgically remove the abscess.
- Nipple discharge that is clear, green, or milky is unlikely to be cancerous.
- If the discharge is red or red-brown, suggesting that it contains blood, it might be caused by cancer. But, it's more likely caused by an injury, infection, or benign tumor.
- The fluid may be collected and reviewed under a microscope to see if any cancer cells are present.
- Fibroadadenomas are benign lumps that appear in the breast.
- They are distinguishable from cancerous lumps because they easily move around the breast and have clearly defined edges.
Less Common Breast Conditions
Other less common breast conditions we treat include:
- Phyllodes tumors are large, fast-growing tumors that form in the connective tissues of the breast.