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Doctor insights on: Breast Fibrocystic Changes

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Why do I have fibrocystic breast change at 56?

Why do I have fibrocystic breast change at 56?

Not abnormal: The term fibrocystic changes is a general if not slightly over used term. The dr was probably describing dense breast tissue on mammogram. Breast tissue density tends to diminish in most women as they age and pass through menopause. Some women maintain dense breast tissue through out there life. It does not have specific connotations. Just a range of normal. Estrogens can increase this. ...Read more

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Can you please describe common things I should know about fibrocystic breast change?

Can you please describe common things I should know about fibrocystic breast change?

Fibrocystic changes: You could have fibrocystic changes. This is the most common cause of breast pain. It can be aggravated by caffeine, stress, menstrual cycle and hormonal supplements. If you are over 40, then you should have a mammogram and ultrasound. Please get evaluated by a breast specialist. Mayo clinic has a great info site on fibrocystic changes. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fibrocystic breast changes?

Unknown: Some women have more sensitive breast than others and this may be due to hormones or breast composition. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what fibrocystic breast changes are?

Can you tell me what fibrocystic breast changes are?

Yes: Also called "lumpy bumpy" breasts, it is not a disease. It actually gives your breasts their internal structure an after menopause a lot of that architecture is lost and what leads to breasts "falling." in the mean time, right before your period your breasts are more lumpy bumpy and tender. Right afterwards they are less so as fibrocystic areas of the breasts are sensitive to your own hormones. ...Read more

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How are fibrocystic breast changes typically treated?

How are fibrocystic breast changes typically treated?

Usually no treatment: If symptomatic decrease salty foods and caffeine. If this does not help then a mild diuretic or danazole may help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of fibrocystic breast changes?

Lumpy +/- Tenderness: Many women have fibrocystic breast changes (fcc). This simply means that there are some lumpy areas in the breasts. Some of these lumps are benign cysts which can bigger or smaller depending on the hormones in the menstrual cycle. Fcc does not mean that you have an increased chance of breast cancer. However, you may need breast ultrasounds in addition to mammograms for screening the lumpy areas. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do to prevent fibrocystic breast changes?

Is there anything I can do to prevent fibrocystic breast changes?

Normal breast tissue: All breasts are fibrocystic. When the breasts get sore and lumpy during your period, this is fibrocystic change. This changes can also occur due to increases in caffeine intake, stress and hormone use. So in essence, you can't get rid of fibrocystic breasts but you can improve the symptoms related to them (see some of my other posts on breast tenderness/fibrocystic breast disease). ...Read more

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If I have fibrocystic breast changes, could that increase my risk for getting breast cancer?

If I have fibrocystic breast changes, could that increase my risk for getting breast cancer?

No: Fibrocystic breasts are often a sign of estrogen dominance. You may have too much or potent kinds of estrogen. Your ovaries produce estrogen but so do fat cells. Inflammation from sugar/trans fats make fat cells produce more. Foods that are not organic contain pesticides which act like estrogen. Your liver may not be breaking estrogen down properly. Constipation prevents the release of estrogen. ...Read more

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Scans showed cysts in breast and focal fibrocystic change. Is fibrocystic change linked to breast cancer in anyway? Breasts aren't painful or tender.

Scans showed cysts in breast and focal fibrocystic change. Is fibrocystic change linked to breast cancer in anyway? Breasts aren't painful or tender.

NO: Fibrocystic breasts as they are now called(not F.C.disease,bc it is not a dse)occur in 50% of women betweenages 25 % 50. Thet are not precancerous unless something called "atypia"shows under the microscope. However,if any new "lump"is felt you need to get checked by your doctor. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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