Juvenile Papillomatosis (Swiss Cheese Disease)
Juvenile papillomatosis, also called Swiss cheese disease, usually affects teens and young adults, although it can sometimes occur in women over 30. These papillomas are very much like fibroadenomas: free-moving, round and well-defined, and painless. Each growth can measure anywhere from 1 to 8 centimeters. Often, juvenile papillomatosis includes other benign changes to the ducts and lobules, such as cysts, papillary apocrine change, and sclerosis adenosis. It can be found in one or both breasts.
Generally, a young person diagnosed with juvenile papillomatosis is thought to have a slight increase in the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. However, the risk may be higher if there is a family history of breast cancer and the condition affects both breasts. Whatever your situation, it makes sense to discuss your family history with your doctor so you can make a follow-up plan that’s right for you.
— Last updated on June 29, 2022, 3:16 PM