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Benign breast conditions

Benign (not cancer) breast conditions are very common. Women’s breasts are constantly going through change, from the time of their development, through pregnancy and the menopause. This is because of the varying levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone in your body.

Many breast changes will be diagnosed as being a benign breast condition that may or may not need treatment.

Men can also develop benign breast conditions and the most common benign condition in men is gynaecomastia.

For more information on the different kinds of benign breast conditions see our relevant web pages or download our leaflets from our benign breast problems publications list.


Content last reviewed March 2014; next planned review 2016