The most common symptom of a phyllodes tumor is a breast lump that you or your doctor can feel while examining the breasts. Phyllodes tumors tend to grow quickly, within a period of weeks or months, to a size of cm or sometimes larger. This rapid growth does not automatically mean the phyllodes tumor is malignant; benign tumors can grow quickly, too.
There are many possible causes of non-cancerous benign breast lumps. Two of the most common causes of benign single breast lumps are cysts and fibroadenomas. In addition, several other conditions can present themselves as lumps, such as fat necrosis and sclerosing adenosis.
Don't panic. Nearly eighty percent of all breast lumps are benign non-cancerous. Benign breast lumps are usually moveable and smooth, and can often be found in both breasts.
Medically reviewed by Harold J. Burstein, MD, PhD. Although breast cancer is the most common cancer found in womenmost breast lumps are not cancer.
If your exam does find something abnormal, you will need follow-up tests to check whether or not the finding is breast cancer. For most women, follow-up tests will show normal breast tissue. For other women, follow-up tests will show a benign not cancer breast condition.
A breast lump is a mass that develops in the breast. Breast lumps vary in size and texture and may cause pain. Some are not found until a physical or imaging exam.
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