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The breast can be affected by other benign breast conditions.
Radial scars are star-shaped lesions (abnormal area of tissue) made up of gland and supportive tissue fibres in the breast. They are not really scars, but they look like scars when examined under a microscope. Radial scars may slightly increase the risk of breast cancer because they are made up of cells that multiply at a faster than normal rate (proliferative).
Fat necrosis occurs when fatty tissue of the breast is damaged or injured and replaced by scar tissue. Fat necrosis does not increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer.
Adenosis is a benign breast condition in which the lobules of the breast become enlarged due to the presence of more than the normal number of milk glands. Adenosis does not increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer.
When the enlarged lobules are surrounded by scar-like tissue, it is called sclerosing adenosis. Women with sclerosing adenosis of the breast have a slightly greater risk of developing breast cancer.
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