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Central breast tumors can be common. Central breast tumors are those tumors that lie directly behind or in close proximity to the nipple areola complex. Patients often have questions or concerns regarding the appearance of the breast mound after the nipple areola complex has been removed. 

What determines when the nipple areola complex will be removed is how close the tumor is to the nipple areola complex.  Whether or not a patient can undergo a lumpectomy versus a mastectomy is often determined by the size of the breast tumor and the size of the overall breast.

When the central lumpectomy is excised the remaining breast tissue is used to reconstruct the shape of the breast.

A nipple areola complex tattoo can be placed on the reconstructed breast mound.