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Breast diseases

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There are many different types of breast diseases. They cause infections, cysts and lumps, with or without pain. Some are benign, meaning harmless, and some are malignant, which means they can spread. The most common ones are mastitis (a bacterial infection), cysts, benign lumps and cancer. Women are encouraged to start breast self-examination early in life and have mammography regularly. If anything suspicious is found, women are usually offered a combination of ultrasound and needle biopsy to work out the cause. Men are affected by breast diseases too, although not as often. Follow the links below to find trusted information about breast diseases.

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Last reviewed: August 2014


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