Do I need surgical removal of my breast lump?
Q: I am a 19 years old girl having a lump in my right breast. I was diagnosed with it six months back . The FNAC report stated that smears are cellular comprising of sheets of epithelial cells of apocrine type showing bimodal pattern. Single bare nuclei also present. Background is haemorrhagic. Impression: features correspond to benign epithelial proliferation. The doctor has asked me to undergo a surgery for removing the lump. Is surgery the only option?
A:Since the patient is only 19 years of age and the breast lump on FNAC
has shown benign epithelial proliferation, in all probability it is a
fibrocystic disease (fibroadenoma). Surgery for such conditions is
only suggested if
- It is big
- It is causing immense pain
- It is causing substantial symptoms.
- It is causing severe disfigurement.
- the FNAC shows atypical epithelial proliferation &
- there is a family history of breast cancer
Otherwise it is harmless and can be left as such without any problems.
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