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Benign Breast Disease
Characterised as the formation of non-cancerous breast lumps, benign breast disease (BBD) is most commonly due to fibroadenoma, fibrocystic breast disease, or chronic mastitis. Fibroadenomas occur most often in young women, and are composed of dense epithelial and fibroblastic tissue, forming a lump that is round, firm, and easily moved around with the fingertips. Women with fibrocystic breast disease have a tendency to form multiple cysts (fluid filled sacs) that are palpable in the breasts. Finally, chronic mastitis is described as an Inflammation due to an Infection, possibly forming an Abscess.
Many factors may contribute to benign breast disease, including high levels of oestrogen, early menarche, late Menopause, oestrogen replacement therapy, animal fats in the diet, and genetics. While the lumps formed from benign breast disease do not spread throughout the body, women should be especially attentive to breast care, by examining their breasts every month for changes.
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