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Who gets fibroadenomas?

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Fibroadenomas are very common. About 10% of women have one of these breast lumps, often without ever knowing.

They most often appear in women between the ages of 15 and 35, or during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Some researchers have found that women with a family history of breast cancer are more likely to get fibroadenomas.

Most women only have one, but about 10% to 15% of women who get them have more than one, either simultaneously or over time.

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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