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Common Breast Conditions

  • Mastalgia (Breast Pain)

    The most common type of breast pain is associated with the menstrual cycle and is nearly always hormonal.

  • Common Benign Lumps

    The two most common types of benign breast lumps are cysts and fibroadenomas. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that develops in the breast tissue. Fibroadenomas are solid, smooth, firm, benign lumps that are most commonly found in women in their late teens and early 20s.

  • Nipple Problems and Discharge

    Nipple conditions are a common benign breast condition affecting many women. Some problems are related to lactation, and others are not.

  • Breast Infections and Inflammations

    The most common type of breast infection is lactational mastitis, which occurs when a woman is breastfeeding. The nipples become cracked and sore, allowing bacteria from the baby's mouth to enter the ducts and rapidly multiply in the milk.

  • Diagnosing Benign (Noncancerous) Breast Conditions

    To diagnose a breast condition, your doctor will examine your breasts and may order imaging tests or a biopsy.

  • Fibrocystic Breast Changes

    Detailed information on common fibrocystic breast changes, including what fibrocystic changes feel like