NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,926 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

benign proliferative breast disease
(beh-NINE proh-LIH-feh-ruh-tiv brest dih-ZEEZ)
A group of noncancerous conditions marked by an increase in the growth of certain cells in the breast. Having one of these conditions may increase the risk of breast cancer. Examples include ductal hyperplasia, lobular hyperplasia, and papillomas.