THE BEST OF BREAST CARE
The best of breast care means combining understanding, sensitivity, and medical expertise to treat every breast problem, big or small.
Every abnormal growth in the breast is not cause for worry. There are many benign tumours that can be treated quite easily.
A fibroadenoma is a solid, non-cancerous breast tumour commonly occuring in young women less than thirty years of age. This benign breast condition is also known as aggregate adenosis, or tumoural adenosis.
It is important to understand that the word “tumour” does not always mean “cancerous”.
A lump that is rubbery in texture, moves easily under the skin, is round with distinct borders, and is usually painless except just before a period .
More than one fibroadenoma may occur at a time.
Seek medical advice every time you discover a new lump, or changes in existing lumps that have been diagnosed as benign by the doctor.
While the causes are not known, the development of fibroadenomas may be related to reproductive hormones. They may occur more often during the reproductive years, grow bigger during pregnancy or hormone therapy,and shrink after menopause.
These are about 1 to 3 cm in size, and do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer.
The cells have different features and may marginally increase the risk of breast cancer in the near future.
Giant fibroadenomas grow more than 5cms.
Occur mostly in adolescent girls.
Treatment and Surgery
Course of treatment may involve:
- Monitoring the fibroadenoma to detect changes in the size or feel of it
- A biopsy to evaluate the lump
- Surgery to remove it, if deemed necessary
- A biopsy may involve two days of hospital stay
Other Breast Surgeries
Augmentation, Reconstruction and Reduction surgeries.
It is a surgical technique that uses breast implants or fat to:
- Increase the size of the breasts
- Restore breast volume or shape
- Improve the symmetry between breasts
A breast lift is recommended along with breast augmentation, to correct severely drooping breasts.
This surgery is generally done after a mastectomy or injury. Breast implants are added.
Over-large, heavy breasts can weigh you down emotionally, and physically, causing back and neck pain, skin irritation, posture problems, and even breathing difficulties. In addition, they may hamper participation in sports and other day-to-day activities. In such cases, breast reduction is recommended to change the size of the breasts, and the quality of life.
The surgery removes tissue and skin from the breasts to reshape and reduce. It also reduces the area of dark skin surrounding the areola. Usually, liposuction is combined with surgery. However, liposuction alone may suffice if most of the breast is comprised of fatty tissue and excess skin isn’t a problem.
Breast reduction surgery is done under general anaesthesia and takes 3 to 5 hours. An overnight stay is not usually recommended.