A needle biopsy takes tissue
from a small area, so there is a chance that a cancer may be missed.
What To Think About
Most breast lumps are not cancer. But the chance of having a
cancerous breast lump is higher after menopause than before menopause.
Some lumpiness of
breast tissue is normal. The fibrous tissue in the breast often feels lumpy or
bumpy, especially before your menstrual period. This lumpiness (fibrocystic
change) is so common in women that doctors now think it is a normal change.
These changes usually go away after
menopause, but they also may be found in women who are
hormone therapy following menopause.
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