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Breast disorders may be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous).


Common symptoms include breast pain, lumps, and a discharge from the nipple. If a woman has any of the following symptoms, she should see her doctor:

  • A lump that feels distinctly different from other breast tissue or that does not go away
  • Swelling that does not go away
  • Puckering or dimpling in the skin of the breast
  • Scaly skin around the nipple
  • Changes in the shape of the breast
  • Changes in the nipple, such as turning inward
  • Discharge from the nipple, especially if it is blood


Surgery for breast cancer consists of two main options

Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast Conserving Surgery

Breast Lumpectomy

Mastectomy Recovery

  • Breast-conserving surgery (in which only the tumor and an area of normal tissue surrounding it is removed)
    • Lumpectomy - In which a small amount of surrounding normal tissue is removeds.
    • Partial mastectomy - In which a somewhat larger amount of the surrounding normal tissue is removeds.
    • Quadrantectomy - In which one fourth of the breast is removed.
  • Mastectomy - In which all breast tissue along with draining lymph nodes in the axilla are removed.
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