Atypical Hyperplasia Also Increases Breast Cancer Risk

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SHAFAQNA – A “benign” mass found in the breast may pose a larger health risk than previously thought. Close to 100,000 women are believed to discover this each year, but ignore the seemingly harmless lump known as atypical hyperplasia, or atypia.

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It’s estimated that one out of 10 women who have a breast biopsy have atypia. Yet many doctors dismiss the mass as benign via a breast biopsy, even though varying characteristics of a breast tumor may be present.

In a new study, researchers discovered that women with these tumors had a 7 percent increased risk of developing a tumor five years after a biopsy, a 13 percent increased risk after 10 years and a 30 percent risk after 25 years. In addition, close to 30 percent of the participants with atypia developed breast cancer during the study period, according to WebMD; that’s 143 out of 700 involved.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women who have a 20 to 25 percent risk of breast cancer receive an MRI scan and other tests early on to monitor any potential developments.

Those at higher risks of developing breast or ovarian cancers include women who have inherited a genetic mutation in the BRCA1 gene or the BRCA2 gene. Men with these mutations are also at an increased risk for breast cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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