Breast Conditions

Breast Conditions

Nine out of 10 women will have a benign breast condition — a breast abnormality that is not a breast cancer. Benign breast conditions are caused by changes in the glandular or connective tissue of the breast. Benign breast conditions are usually not life-threatening. Although rarely, some benign conditions are associated with a later risk of developing breast cancer or can indicate underlying breast cancer.

Breast/nipple pain

Lump or swelling

  • The shape or size of the breast
  • Thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • A lump in or near the breast or in the underarm area
  • Fibrocystic breast condition (non cancerous breast change commonly seen in women prior to menopause)
  • Breast cysts

Skin changes

  • Skin irritation or dimpling
  • Nipple or retraction (turning inward)
  • Skin of the breast, nipple, or areola (dark area surrounding the nipple), looks or feels (for example, warm, swollen, red, or scaly)

Nipple discharge other than breast milk

Contact Information

High Risk Breast Health Services

Martha Clay, R.N., BSN, MSN, FNP

1221 Madison Street Arnold Pavilion, Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98122
Tell:  206-320-4880
Fax:  206-320-2303

1600 East Jefferson, Suite 305
Seattle, WA 98104
Tell:  206-215-6400
Fax: 206-215-6401

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