Atypical hyperplasia of the breast is a condition in which breast
cells are more abundant than normal, larger than normal, and abnormal
in appearance under the microscope.
Atypical hyperplasia is normally considered precancerous condition.
It is important to note that this presentation is not cancer, but
can be a forerunner to the development of breast cancer. If over
a period of time these cells keep dividing and become more abnormal,
then the condition is reclassified as carcinoma in situ or noninvasive
If a woman with atypical hyperplasia has a family history of breast
cancer, she should talk to her physician about the following
options for screening to assist in detecting breast cancer and
therapy to help reduce the risk of breast cancer:
- Magnetic resonance
imaging (MRIs) as an alternative to mammography
- Treatment with the
anti-hormonal drug, Tamoxifen
It is important not to obsess with
worry. A healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude are excellent
steps in maintaining wellness.
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