Benign breast conditions

Benign (not cancer) breast conditions are very common and most breast changes are not cancer.
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.

Most breast changes are likely to be normal or due to a benign (not cancer) breast condition. Some benign breast conditions may cause problems and need treatment, but this is not always the case. However, if you notice any change that’s unusual for you, it is important to visit your GP.

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 conditions publications list.

Last reviewed: September 2016
Next planned review begins 2018

Let us know what you think

Please note that we cannot respond to comments. If you have any questions about breast cancer please contact the Helpline on 0808 800 6000.


This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor, to improve security and to prevent spam registrations. Please click "I am not a robot" below.

Get the latest breast cancer updates