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Do all breast lumps need to be removed?

Not all breast lumps require removal. Some lumps are classified as benign. This means they are not cancerous. Your healthcare provider may recommend frequent monitoring to make sure lumps are not changing. Causes of lumps that are benign and do not cause breast cancer include:

  • Breast cysts
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Fibroadenoma
  • Calcifications
  • Central intraductal papilloma
  • Papillary apocrine change

While being told you need a breast lump removed is very scary, many lumps are benign or completely removed with a lumpectomy. Discuss any concerning breast findings with your healthcare provider, who will recommend the best treatment option for you.

What is a breast lumpectomy?

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure.You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

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