Breast Anatomy - Medical Conditions

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What are the most common medical conditions affecting the breasts?

Breast health is a source of concern for most women. Although breast cancer is a fairly common malignancy affecting one out of every eight women in the U.S. at some point in life, benign (non-cancerous) conditions of the breast are much more common. In fact, most masses and lumps in the breasts are not cancer. Breast cancer occurs in males as well, but it accounts for a small percentage of all breast cancers.

Among the benign breast conditions, cysts and fibrocystic changes are common. One type of benign tumor in particular, known as a fibroadenoma, is common in young women. Infections of the breast tissue can also occur, particularly during breastfeeding. Mastitis is the medical term for inflammation of the breast.

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