Discussion This study demonstrates breast size bigger than grams is associated with increased risk of larger tumours and large breast size alone is not associated with increased incidence to lymph node metastasis. Therefore, the advance disease at presentation of breast cancer is attributable to the size of the primary breast cancer. In the present study the lymph node positivity rate in the large and non-large breasts were similar suggesting the nodal metastases is determined by the size of the primary tumour and not by the size of the breast. There are other factors that contribute to lymph node positivity. The most significant of which include age of the patient, grade of the tumour and oestrogen receptor status. The present study found that there was no statistically significant difference between theses factors and lymph node positivity in women with large breast and small breast.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
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Share Plenty of people opt to have oversized breasts yes, Dolly Parton, we see you! Since not a lot is known about gigantomastia, doctors have difficulty explaining how breasts can grow to these massive sizes. Treatment for gigantomastia is sparse, with hormone treatments in developmental stages and each case having unique characteristics. Understanding Gigantomastia Gigantomastia was first described by German doctors in , and was again mentioned by American doctors in the s. As was often the case in pre-scientific time periods, early explanations for gigantomastia included witchcraft, curses, and Satanic work. The disease can affect both breasts, but oftentimes, only one breast grows to an abnormal size.
Breast Cancer Symptom Basics
Your symptoms will probably be worse right before your period due to hormonal changes, but you may have symptoms throughout the month. The lumps in fibrocystic breasts tend to fluctuate in size throughout the month and are usually movable. You may also experience pain under your arms. Some women have a green or dark brown discharge from their nipples. See your doctor immediately if clear, red, or bloody fluid comes out of your nipple, as this may be a sign of breast cancer.
Some resources distinguish between macromastia Greek, macro: The condition can also individually affect the nipples and areola instead of or in addition to the entire breast. The effect can produce a minor size variation to an extremely large breast asymmetry. Breast hypertrophy is classified in one of five ways: Virginal breast hypertrophy[ edit ] When gigantomastia occurs in young women during puberty , the medical condition is known as juvenile macromastia or juvenile gigantomastia and sometimes as virginal breast hypertrophy or virginal mammary hypertrophy.