Breast Cancer Awareness: Identifying non-cancerous breast conditions

(WWLP) — Experts recommend monthly self-breast exams to increase the odds of early detection but not all breast changes are cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, benign or non-cancerous breast conditions are truly very shared among women.

Benign conditions like fibrosis and simple cysts are non-life-threatening. But science shows some benign conditions are connected with a higher risk of getting breast cancer later on in life.

One local doctor who said this is often detected by mammography. “Something new pops up, some new calcification or a new identify and we biopsy it,” Jesse Casaubon, a Breast Oncologist for Baystate Health explained. “It shows some atypical cells for example. Those atypical cells aren’t cancer and they’re not pre-cancer. We know that in any case caused those cells to form probably is associated with an increased risk of getting breast cancer.”

Dr. Casaubon is also urging all women to get up to date on their mammograms.

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