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Cancer Risk of Benign Breast Lumps Studied

New research links some non-cancerous breast lumps to a slightly higher risk of breast cancer.But there are many influences on breast cancer. The vast majority of women won't develop breast cancer as a result of benign breast lumps.Those findings appear in a study and related editorial in The New England Journal of Medicine.Read Web MD's "Learn How to do a Breast Self-Exam."Breast Lumps Are CommonMany women feel lumps in their breasts, especially before their menstrual period.It can be reassuring to know that most breast lumps aren't cancer. While heart disease actually kills more women — and breast cancer survival is improving — many women fear breast cancer.Still, it's important to have a doctor check out any breast lumps, get recommended screenings, and learn what's normal for your body.Mammography, ultrasound, and biopsies are tools doctors may use to identify the type of lump.Read Web MD's "Learn More About Breast Cancer Screening."Types of Benign Breast LumpsSince most breast lum...

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