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Two papillomas



An mri found that I have two small papillomas in my right breast. I am scheduled to go to a breast surgeon very soon. Does this mean that I will definitely have to have surgery? What are the chances that these are cancerous or is it more likely that these are pre cancerous?


Papillomas are benign, but there is some debate about their treatment, with some breast experts believing that all papillomas should be removed and others feeling that they only need to be removed if atypia is identified.  There is some concern, particularly if atypia is present, that cancer could be detected.  If these lesions have not been biopsied, some form of biopsy will likely be necessary. 

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Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University