Benign Breast Disease Specialist

Surgical Care PC

Rick J. Windle, MD

General Surgeon & Varicose Vein Specialist located in Lincoln, NE

About 1 million women in the United States are diagnosed with benign breast disease every year. At Surgical Care PC in Lincoln, Nebraska, general surgeon Rick Windle, MD, provides personalized treatment for women with benign breast disease. For excellent care of benign breast disease, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Benign Breast Disease Q&A

What is benign breast disease?

Benign breast disease involves lumps, masses, or other changes to the breasts that aren’t cancerous. Benign means the tissue is noncancerous.

Noncancerous breast lumps are very common, affecting about half of all women at some point in their lives. Other benign breast conditions include breast pain, nipple discharge, and skin changes. These conditions can also indicate breast cancer, so it’s imperative to see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

What causes benign breast disease?

Changing hormone levels, especially during menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause, is a common cause of benign breast disease. Other causes include a breast infection called mastitis, scar tissue from an injury, and medications like hormonal birth control or hormone replacement therapy.

What are the symptoms of benign breast disease?

If you feel an unusual lump or mass during a routine breast self-exam, it may be benign breast disease. Other signs and symptoms of benign breast disease include:

  • Breast pain
  • Nipple discharge
  • Inverted or scaly nipple
  • Changes in breast size or shape
  • Dimpled, puckered, or scaly skin on the breast

The only way to know if your symptoms are due to benign breast disease or breast cancer is to seek medical care. Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician or OB/GYN if you have any of these symptoms. If needed, they will refer you to Dr. Windle at Surgical Care PC for the highest degree of patient-focused treatment.

How is benign breast disease treated?

Most types of benign breast disease don’t need treatment because they go away on their own. However, some types of benign breast disease increase your risk for breast cancer.

Dr. Windle removes a small tissue sample, or biopsy, for lab testing to find out what type you have. He may recommend surgery if the cells that make up the lump are increasing in number or appear abnormal under a microscope.

At Surgical Care PC, Dr. Windle performs various types of breast surgery to treat benign breast disease and breast cancer, including partial mastectomy, also called a lumpectomy. A partial mastectomy removes the abnormal mass and possibly some of the surrounding tissue while preserving the rest of your breast.

If you need treatment for benign breast disease, call Surgical Care PC, or book an appointment online today.