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Fibroadenomas are solid benign (noncancerous) breast tumors that are common in young women. They can increase in size during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

How are fibroadenomas diagnosed?

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If you find a lump in your breast, you should consult with a doctor. The following tests may be performed:

At the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, our team of breast cancer specialists is incredibly sensitive to the anxiety a possible diagnosis of breast cancer creates for our patients. Therefore, we follow strict guidelines for evaluation, biopsies and pathology reports. On the day of your breast biopsy, you will be given the probability that the biopsy is a fibroadenoma. Firm confirmation will follow within 24 hours.

What is the treatment for fibroadenomas?

If fibroadenomas are large or are causing the patient concern, they may require surgical removal (excisional biopsy), but this is rare. Many fibroadenomas stop growing or shrink over time.