Atypical Hyperplasia

What is atypical hyperplasia?

If you have atypical hyperplasia, it does not mean you have cancer, but it does mean that there are abnormal cells in your breast tissue that increase your risk of breast cancer.

In scientific terms, hyperplasia means that there are an increased number of cells and atypical means that those cells are not lined up in the usual pattern. Therefore, atypical hyperplasia means more abnormal cells are present.

At Main Line Health, we understand the fear of developing breast cancer, or any type of cancer. Finding out that you have atypical hyperplasia only increases these concerns.

High risk breast cancer program

That's why we offer our High Risk Breast Cancer Program where you can be evaluated by our team of breast cancer specialists. You'll have access to the latest diagnostic tools, the most up-to-date knowledge regarding breast cancer, as well as information on advanced treatment options, should you need them.

The High Risk Breast Cancer Program includes:

  • Breast exam
  • Education on breast cancer risk and prevention
  • Genetic counseling, including risk assessment for you and your family
  • Personalized surveillance plan
  • Screening tests, such as fine needle aspiration (FNA) and ductal lavage

Your personal assessment

It's important to remember that all women are at risk of developing breast cancer. Having atypical hyperplasia is just one risk factor. Others may include:

  • Age over 50
  • Breast changes, such as benign (noncancerous) lumps that require biopsy
  • Estrogen levels, such as early onset menstruation, late menopause and late or no pregnancy
  • Family history of cancer, especially if your mother, sister, aunt or other close relatives had breast cancer
  • Heritage that includes Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish descent

Don't put your future on hold: If you have any concern about your risk for breast cancer, especially if you have atypical hyperplasia, talk to your doctor about your personal risk assessment. Main Line Health breast cancer specialists can help you with prevention options to help put your fears to rest while also planning a strategy for living with your diagnosis of atypical hyperplasia.


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