What are breast disorders?

Also known as: breast diseases

There is a wide range of breast problems found in children:

  • Congenital breast disorders (occur before birth)
  • Benign breast disorders (not cancerous)
  • Cancerous breast disorders 

Most breast disorders are benign and usually self-limiting.

Girls and boys may both present with breast issues. Perhaps the commonest breast abnormality in young girls seen in the pediatrician's office is a one sided breast enlargement (when one breast bud develops earlier or faster than the other).

Breast development in girls typically begins between the ages of 8-13; and lasts for an average of 10.3 years.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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