Not all bumps are bad and not all lumps are lethal, but how do you know the difference?
Fibroadenoma is a non-cancerous tumour made up of dense, fibrous tissue in the breast. It is but one cause of breast lumps in women, accounting for 12% of all palpable, symptomatic breast masses. It is painless, round, movable and firm and usually occurs in women under 25 years of age. It is uncommon in women over the age of 40. Fibroadenomas are affected by fluctuating levels of estrogen and may lactate (produce milk) during pregnancy.
Fibroadenomas are believed to be caused by unusually high circulating levels of estrogen. The average Fibroadenoma grows to a diameter of 1 to 1.5 cm and tends to remain this size. Shrinking usually only occurs at the onset of menopause, when estrogen levels in a woman’s body drop significantly.
Key to action:
If you feel a lump in your breast, see your Doctor as soon as possible. The treatment for Fibroadenoma is usually a simple surgical removal under local anaesthetic. The lump is then examined, to ensure it contains no cancerous cells.
Traditional herbs prescribed by herbalists for lumps and growths include thuja and echinacea. Poke root is specifically for problems with lymphatic tissue and can be applied as an ointment locally on the breast (however, please avoid if breastfeeding). Also, do not take this product internally without professional supervision.
Due to the possible increased risk of breast cancer in women with Fibroadenoma it may be beneficial to increase your intake of phyto-estrogens (estrogen-like substances found in some plants) such as those found in soy products and red clover.
In addition, Homeopaths recommend the tissue salt, Silica, for the breakdown and removal of growths within the body.
You have probably read it frequently and have been urged by your doctor to perform breast self examination regularly. If you find a lump or abnormality, see your Doctor as soon as possible. Changes in a woman’s breast can simply be the result of age, hormones and benign tumours (such as Fibroadenoma), but may signal possible breast cancer. The earlier a diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis, so it is important to discuss any concerns you may have with your Doctor.
This information is not intended to replace medical advice for individual conditions or treatments, so please consult your doctor, pharmacist, nurse or naturopath for any queries you may have. Don’t follow any medical regimen before making sure it’s the correct solution for you. Our pharmacists and Clinic staff are always available for questions and concerns and to point you in the right direction.
Your health is your wealth, so don’t take unnecessary chances or ignore any signs.