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Breast Diseases (Overview)

Breast diseases are disorders that involve abnormal growths and changes in the breast tissue. Such diseases often begin with the finding of unusual lumps within the breast.


Marianne DiNapoli
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Describe the features of breast disease.?

Describe the features of breast disease.?

Many: There are many diseases that affect the breast. They range from benign tumors (such as a fibroadenoma) to cancerous tumors (such as ductal carcinoma) to infection (like mastitis). If you are having any breast pain or nipple discharge, or find a lump in your breast, you might consider seeing a physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Breast Diseases (Overview)

Breast diseases are disorders that involve abnormal growths and changes in the breast tissue. Such diseases often begin with the finding of unusual lumps within the breast.


Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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What are the main symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

What are the main symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

Lumps and/or pain: Fibrocystic breast disease is quite common with 40% to 50% of women having this problem. Physical exam findings include lumpy, nodular, granular breast tissue in some or all areas of the breast. Many women with fibrocystis breast disease have breast pain or tenderness that commonly fluctuates with the menstrual cycle. The symptoms sometimes increase with more caffeine or chocolate in the diet. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease? By feeling you?

Combination: Making a diagnosis of fibrocystic breast disease involves taking a good history (telling your provider about your symptoms, diet, medications, etc), performing a complete breast examination and looking at imaging studies ( mammogram, ultrasound, mri). It is important for women with fibrocystic changes to become aware of the changes in their breasts. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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I have fibrocystic breast disease and a microscopic lump was seen on diagnostic mammo. Could it be cancerous? It is in the left breast.

I have fibrocystic breast disease and a microscopic lump was seen on diagnostic mammo. Could it be cancerous? It is in the left breast.

May need: Further evaluation. Additional magnification mammogram views & ultrasound may be indicated. Ask your doctor who ordered the mammogram if radiology recommended further testing. Sometimes needle biopsy is indicated too. ...Read more

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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How I can know I have breast disease?

How  I  can  know   I  have  breast   disease?

Self exam/Mammogram: Ladies must examine her breast at least every month in different positions, in front of a mirror.Also once a year should be examined by a physician. At age 40 should start to have yearly mammograms. If the lady feels some lumpy area at any age must seek professional evaluation. Younger girls with lumps deserve at least and ultrasound. Review videos about self exam on the web. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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What causes fibrocystic breast disease?

Can be hereditary: Painful breast swelling and lumpiness in the breasts, worse around the menstrual cycle, is a common feeling from fibrocystic breasts. Dense mammogram findings and cysts can be seen on breast ultrasound. Hereditary factors may cause some women to have more fibrocystic problems than others. Some sites say that this condition affects more than half of women. It resolves with menopause. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
Board Certified, Breast Surgery
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Doctors does anyone treat fibrocystic breast disease?

Breast/general surg: These patients can be followed by a breast surgeon or a general surgeon with a large portion of their practice dedicated to breast disease. We perform a history, look at your food and medication intake, perform breast exam and review breast images. We provide extensive counseling, follow up, biopsy or aspiration of a fluid filled cyst when necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Board Certified, General Surgery
28 years in practice
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What is fibrocystic breast disease and how is it treated?

What is fibrocystic breast disease and how is it treated?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: Most women's breasts are "lumpy-bumpy" and often hurt just before/during one's menstrual cycle. When this "flies above the radar", we give it fancy names like "mastalgia" and "fibrocystic changes". Some women respond to caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, oil of primrose, or even occasional nsaids. Please discuss your concerns with your gynecologist--they should be able to reassure you not to worry. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Not indicated: Benign breast fibrocysric condition is not a "disease." it is fairly common & does not lead to breast cancer. Breast swelling, nodularity, discomfort & cysts occur. Mastectomy would not be indicated for this benign breast condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Villa
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What are treatments for fibrosystic breast disease?

What are treatments for fibrosystic breast disease?

Over the counter med: Symptoms of fibrocystic breast changes include lumpy and tender breasts, swelling, itching and pain. Symptoms often occur in both breasts. Treatments include a supportive bra or sports bra. Dietary changes including decreasing fat and sugar intake. Some have improvement by decreasing caffeine and chocolate intake. Over the counter medications include tylenol, ibuprofen, magnesium. ...Read more

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