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    Numerous breast lumps in both breast - should I have them removed?

    Just wanting an opinion on whether to have surgery on my breasts. I have had bowel & uterus cancer & now I have numerous lumps in both breasts. I have yearly ultra-scans on my breasts but I am concerned that I would never know if a new lump may be cancerous within that period as I am large breasted. I am over 55 and female.
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    Dr Peter Girardi

    Breast Surgeon, Endocrine Surgeon, General Surgeon, Laparoscopic Surgeon, Upper GI Surgeon (Abdominal)

    Dr Peter A Girardi is a highly regarded Specialist Surgeon now focused on Breast & Endocrine (thyroid) Surgery. He has performed well over 5000 surgical … View Profile

    Hello I am a specialist Breast Surgeon. The answer I tell all my patients is it depends on how worried you by the lumps even though the lumps have been assessed as benign. I would not routinely recommend having carefully assessed, stable (not growing) asymptomatic breast lumps removed however I tell my patients if you are losing sleep over a lump in your breast then it maybe best to have it removed.  The problem in your case is that there appear to be many lumps in both breasts, you are large breasted and depending on their location you may require more than one cosmetically placed incision. Careful assessment and discussion with a breast surgeon is worthwhile considering.

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    Dr Michael Yunaev

    Breast Surgeon, General Surgeon

    Thank you for your question and may I add it is a not an uncommon scenario that I see in our patients.

    I'd like to direct you to have a read of a short article on my website that goes through the reasons that may make you want to remove single or multiple benign lumps.

    Hope this helps you make up your mind.

    http://bbclinic.com.au/breast-lump-dilemma-6-signs-suggesting-cut-even-though-not-breast-cancer/

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