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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Breast Diseases (Definition)

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.


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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 (Definition)

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.


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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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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

Self-breast awareness: know what your breasts feel like and report any changes to your doctor. ...See more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
Monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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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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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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Preventing Breast Cancer (Tip)

Preventing Breast Cancer

Do - remember that self- breast exams include the breasts and under the arms. ...See more

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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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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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