Does lump in breast increase cancer risk?

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Question from Katdal: Last year I had a lump in my breast. Does that increase my chance of breast cancer?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. Eight out of 10 lumps that you feel in your breast are totally benign or not cancerous. Having multiple lumps in the past requiring biopsies is associated with breasts that are somewhat hyperactive, and which may have a slightly greater tendency to misbehave. But in general, a benign lump is a benign lump. Once it is removed, it has no potential to cause other problems.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Tackling Fear featured Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S., Marisa Weiss, M.D. and moderator Gwen Darien, Editor-in-Chief, MAMM Magazine, answering your questions about how to manage breast cancer fears.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2001.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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