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What does follow-up care for fibroadenoma entail?

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For most women, you won’t need anything beyond your routine screening tests. Continue to get any breast changes checked out by your doctor.

If your fibroadenoma was “simple” -- just a lump with no cysts, hardening, or unusual changes -- it doesn’t make you more likely to get breast cancer. However, if your fibroadenoma was “complex,” it might mean a slightly higher risk of breast cancer later on. Unless you have other risk factors -- like close family members with breast cancer -- your risk is still very low.

Either way, keep up with your regular checkups, and ask your doctor which screening tests you need and when.

From: Fibroadenoma WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Fibroadenoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Fibroadenomas.”

Kaufman, C. , June 2004. Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Greenberg, R. , September 1998. Journal of General Internal Medicine

Medscape: “Breast Fibroadenoma Imaging.”

Merck Manuals: “Fibroadenomas.”

American Society of Breast Surgeons: “Management of Fibroadenomas of the Breast.”

Dupont, W. , July 1994. New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Fibroadenoma.”

American Cancer Society: “Fibroadenomas.”

Kaufman, C. , June 2004. Journal of the American College of Surgeons

Greenberg, R. , September 1998. Journal of General Internal Medicine

Medscape: “Breast Fibroadenoma Imaging.”

Merck Manuals: “Fibroadenomas.”

American Society of Breast Surgeons: “Management of Fibroadenomas of the Breast.”

Dupont, W. , July 1994. New England Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 27, 2019

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