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If a biopsy shows that the lump is a fibroadenoma, the lump may be left in place or removed.
The decision to remove the lump is made by the patient and the surgeon. Reasons to have it removed include:
If the lump is left in place, it may be watched over time with:
Alternative treatments include removing the lump with a needle and destroying the lump without removing it (such as by freezing, in a process called cryoablation).
Women with fibroadenoma have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer later in life. Lumps that are not removed should be checked regularly by physical exams and imaging tests, following the doctor's recommendations.
If the lump is left in place and carefully watched, it may need to be removed at a later time if it changes, grows, or doesn't go away.
In very rare cases, the lump may be cancerous and you may need further treatment.
Call your health care provider if you have a lump that is thought to be a fibroadenoma and it grows or changes in any way.
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