By Caroline Helwick March 1, Advertisement. Investigators tracked the outcomes of 2, women with atypical breast lesions treated at Boston area hospitals. The study was led by Suzanne B.
Atypical ductal hyperplasia ADH is not a form of breast cancer. Rather, it is a marker for women who may have a risk factor for developing breast cancer in the future. If you have a biopsy that shows atypical ductal hyperplasia in one of your breasts, your doctor will want to follow your breast health very carefully.
Ductal breast cancer is thought to begin with abnormal tissue growth in a breast duct. Normal breast duct is shown. An overgrowth of normal cells may develop in the breast duct hyperplasia.
Atypical Hyperplasia refers to any kind of cell growth that is much more rapid than normal. In the context of breast cancer diagnosis and staging it usually refers to the unusually rapid growth of the epithelial cells within the lining of the breast ductsas opposed to the lobules. The unusually rapid growth of lobular cells is referred to as atypical lobular hyperplasia.
Metrics details. Atypical ductal hyperplasia ADH is a common diagnosis in the mammographic era and a significant clinical problem with wide variation in diagnosis and treatment. After a diagnosis of ADH on biopsy a proportion are upgraded to carcinoma upon excision; however, the remainder of patients are overtreated.
Atypical cells means that the cells are not entirely normal. The cells may not necessarily become cancer cells. Or they may die off or go back to normal. It can affect women of any age, but is more common in women over
With atypical ductal hyperplasia ADHthere are more cells than usual in the lining of the breast duct, the tube that carries milk from the lobules milk sacs to the nipple. These cells share some, but not all, of the features of low-grade ductal carcinoma in situ DCISboth in terms of growth patterns and appearance. ADH is a benign breast condition linked to a moderate increase in breast cancer risk.