A fibroadenoma is the most common type of non-cancerous (i.e., benign) tumor of the breast. Every year in the U.S., approximately half a millon women are diagnosed with fibroadenomas. The presence of a fibroadenoma does not increase the risk of breast cancer.
However, symptoms of fibroadenomas may include pain and an abnormal appearance of the breast. Fibroadenomas that cause symptoms can be treated by:[1, 2]
• Surgical removal of the tumor
• Cryoablation (i.e., treating the tumor by freezing it). After cryoablation, the tumor shrinks progressively and ultimately disappears.
1. .Sanarus. Benign breast disease: Frequently asked questions. Sanarus. Accessed at www.sanarus.com/patinfofaqs.html.
2. Medical Procedure News. Cryoablation preferred option for treatment of breast fibroadenoma. News-Medical.Net. 09/14/04. Accessed at www.news-medical.net