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Can a healthy diet help prevent fibrocystic breast disease?

Can a healthy diet help prevent fibrocystic breast disease?

Normal breast tissue: All breasts are fibrocystic. When the breasts get sore and lumpy during your period, this is fibrocystic change. These 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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Dr. Pam Yoder
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Healthy Diet (Definition)

Pregnant women should eat a balanced, nutritional diet and increase their calorie intake to meet the needs of the developing fetus and their changing bodies. Eating a range of wholesome and nutritious foods during pregnancy is one of the most important things that women can do to ensure the normal development and growth of the fetus, and it can help to prevent prematurity and low birth weight. For the mother, good nutrition helps to prevent anemia, ...Read more


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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting fibrocystic breast disease?

Are there steps I can take to prevent getting fibrocystic breast disease?

No: You can not control the amount of fibrocystic breast tissue that you develop. You can control, to a great extent, the symptoms you have from that tissue. It is well known that caffeine will cause the fibrocystic tissue to retain fluid, which will increase breast pain and tenderness in many women. It is also well known that vitamin E will minimize that breast tenderness for the majority of women. ...Read more

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I've had fibrocystic breast disease. One breast slightly bigger than the other, what to do?

I've had fibrocystic breast disease. One breast slightly bigger than the other, what to do?

Do nothing: In most instances one breast is slightly larger than the other and unless very small with need for enlargement, no treatment is recommended. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fibrocystic breast disease. one breast slightly bigger than the other?

What to do if I have fibrocystic breast disease. one breast slightly bigger than the other?

One big breast ok: It is definitely normal for one breast to be larger than the other. Fibrocystic changes are a normal variation in breast anatomy. It might make self exam challenging and mammogram readings difficult, but it is not dangerous to your health ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

Can you tell me how do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

Microscope work: Somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have "fibrocystic change" in their breasts sometime during their reproductive life. We pathologists who diagnose it under the microscope aren't big on calling it a disease. "fibrocystic change" is more appropriate. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease. Very confused about effect of coffee?

Fibrocystic breast disease. Very confused about effect of coffee?

Me too!: Fibrocystic changes are a spectrum of pathologic findings seen on biopsy. This has morphed into a clinical term for "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue and/or dense tissue seen on mammography. This is not a disease, just a variant of normal. While caffeine has been implicated as a possible irritant, the proof is iffy, at best. I preach moderation unless one has severe breast pain. ...Read more

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What happens to women with fibrocystic breast disease after menopause?

What happens to women with fibrocystic breast disease after menopause?

Depends: Some women will continue to have lumpiness and pain despite being postmenopausal. Some women will have decreased lumpiness and no pain. Continue to perform breast self exam. ...Read more

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If you have fibrocystic breast disease cna you get breast implants?

If you have fibrocystic breast disease cna you get breast implants?

Yes: Yes, you can. Fibrocystic changes of the breast are very common and occur in about one out of every three women. Having implants does not make this any worse. But, implants can make it more difficult to get a good picture of the breasts by way of mammography, so you might need other imaging methods, like ultrasound or mri. Put the implant "behind the muscle" to minimize these changes. ...Read more

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Has a doctor ever said you have fibrocystic breast disease? Was he just kidding with you?

Has a doctor ever said you have fibrocystic breast disease? Was he just kidding with you?

Not a true disease: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. This is not related to cancer. http://www. ...Read more

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Could fibrocystic breast disease go away over time?

Could fibrocystic breast disease go away over time?

No: Fibrocystic disease is a termused when the breast as it ages develops lumps which is due to minizing of breast tissue with replacement by fat and the effect of estrogen on the terminal milk ducts which tend to plug the ducts near the nipple. The small amount of fluid in the ducts accumulates as cystic fluid spaces within the ducts further causing lumpiness or fibrocytic disease. ...Read more

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Are women the only ones who can get fibrocystic breast disease?

Are women the only ones who can get fibrocystic breast disease?

Almost exclusively: In women. Men may have changes similar to fibrocystic disease soon after birth and around puberty. See these sites for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fibrocystic-breasts/ds01070 http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003155.Htm. ...Read more

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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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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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Is vertigo common in fibrocystic breast disease?

Is vertigo common in fibrocystic breast disease?

No: Vertigo is a phenomenon of Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis. an inner ear problem usually related to infection (usually viral). Fibrocystic disease represents the effect of hormone activity on the ductal system of the breast causing some terminal duct blockage with backup of fluid to produce cysts in the duct and associated fibrotic changes. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease- can the cysts burst?

No: Breast cysts may be firm or painful. Many will resolve after the menstrual cycle. Needs an exam and ultrasound to be sure it is a cyst. Can have office needle aspiration to remove the fluid if the cyst persists or gets larger. ...Read more

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Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2 )- a cancer?

Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2 )- a cancer?

No: Fibrocystic disease is definitely a benign breast condition that effects many women. You should of course continue with you own self breast exams during the same monthly stage of your cycle and follow your doctors advice on breast imaging. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast disease and ovarian estrogen have any kind of relation to each other?

Yes: Estrogen levels can cause the fibrocystic changes to be more active which causes increased lumpiness and breast pain. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


Dr. Regina Hampton
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Fibrocystic Breasts (Definition)

A condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates ...Read more