Be sure to book an appointment with Dr van Schalkwyk should you notice a lump in your breast so that she can make a diagnosis and screen you for breast cancer. A mammogram, ultrasound and biopsy may be needed to do this.

Fibroadenomas are solid non-cancerous lumps that develop in the breast. Fibroadenomas are among the most common noncancerous (benign) breast lumps found in women between the ages of 15 and 35, but can affect women of all ages.

Signs and symptoms of fibroadenomas:

  • A hard, smooth or rubbery lump in the breast
  • A breast lump with a well-defined round shape
  • A breast lump that is movable

Aside from the lump, fibroadenomas don’t cause other symptoms. In rare cases, the lump may feel tender or painful, before your period.

The cause of fibroadenomas is unknown, but it is thought to be related to hormones present during your reproductive years. Fibroadenomas may also grow or shrink as time goes by.
In most cases treatment isn’t needed, but if a fibroadenoma has abnormalities, surgical removal may be recommended. A fibroadenoma may be either simple or complex. Those diagnosed with a complex fibroadenoma will have an increased risk of developing breast cancer in the future and thus will need regular check-ups and screenings with their breast specialist.