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Doctor insights on: Cyst Fibrocystic Breast

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

Aggravate not cause: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones.
Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast cyst occur in one breast with discharge?

Can fibrocystic breast cyst occur in one breast with discharge?

Yes: Fibrocystic breast changes and symptoms can often be felt more on one side than the other or only on one side. The discharge should be clear or yellowish. You should never see blood, as this is definitely abnormal and needs to be checked out. If you feel a lump or think you have a cyst, a sonogram should be performed to confirm that it is a fluid lump and nothing solid. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer?

Yes: Benign nipple discharge is usually milky or greenish in color. The greenish discharge associated with fibrocystic changes of the breast is due to dilatation of the ducts (duct ectasia) and leads to the accumulation of debris and then discharge. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Is it possible to have a fibrocystic breast cyst with discharge and not be cancer, when it's only in one breast?

Bloody breast: Discharge is always concerning, milky, greenish are not, clear can be.

Assuming this is about you, given your age, cancer is not likely. If the discharge is white or green, no worries. If bloody or clear, please see your doctor, but still unlikely to be cancer.

1 breast discharge is not uncommon, even when benign. ...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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Can fibrocystic breast changes be unilateral?

Can fibrocystic breast changes be unilateral?

Beginning stages: If a mammogram shows unilateral fibrocystic breast changes, this may be the beginning of the disease and down the road will become visible in the contralateral breast as well. ...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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Does a fibrocystic breast feel like it has a small bb in it?

At times yes...: Fibrocystic breast can have different characteristics- you can feel something that feels like a small "bb", a rock, a pea or just and area of irregular thicness and tenderness. However any new breast finding or change in breast warrants eval by your doctor and possibly mammogram and/or ultrasound. It is important to be assessed- so make an appointment. ...Read more

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What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

What causes fibrocystic breast lumps to appear? And why do they hurt?

Fibrocystic change: It is thought to result from an imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. It can form a palpable fibrocystic lump in breast, and more painful before menses and improved during the menstruation. ...Read more

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Are fibrocystic breast lumps cancerous?

Not usually: Fibrocystic breast disease is a disorder aggravated by coffee and smoking. However it is not a precursor to malignancy. Fibrocystic breast disease makes mammogram interpretation more problematic. ...Read more

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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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How is a fibrocystic breast condition diagnosed?

Fibrocystic changes: Are frequently seen on breast ultrasound.

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Are fibrocystic breast suppose to hurt all the time?

No: Persistent pain is not normal. Consult the site below and discuss the matter with your doctor.
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/fibrocystic-breasts/ds01070. ...Read more

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Do you have fibrocystic breast condition or disease?

Common problem: 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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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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Fibrocystic breast conditioncan anyone please translate what causes it in normal non doctoral explaination, what to do?

It is benign conditi: Fibrocystic condition of the breast is caused by the cyclical hormone changes with each monthly period among younger women. Sometimes it causes significant pain, but most times it is silent. It is a benign condition that is why it is no longer called fibrocystic disease (an older term, no longer used). You do not need to do anything about it unless it is causing you any botheration/symptoms. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast cause rib pain?

Maybe: It may actually be a form of referred pain. The pain is actually in your breast, but it feels like the rib. I am assuming you were diagnosed with this condition by a physician. It is a good idea to get examined, other breast diseases, such as cancer, may cause pain. ...Read more

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Might fibrocystic breast turn into cancer?

No: Simple fibrocystic change does not increase cancer risk. A few of the frisker epithelial hyperplasias do increase it. You're going to do self-exam, report any dominant masses, and get imaging if appropriate in any case. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could fibrocystic breast turn into cancer?

Could fibrocystic breast turn into cancer?

Not usually: Fibrocystic condition is a benign and very common condition. However it includes a range of pathological abnormalities, some of which may increase the risk of breast cancer. Having very dense breast tissue on your mammogram adds somewhat to the risk. A simple cyst however is not considered a risk factor. ...Read more

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Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Did caffeine cause fibrocystic breast tissue to worsen?

Yes, in some: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones.
Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What are some homeopathic remedies for fibrocystic breast?

What are some homeopathic remedies for fibrocystic breast?

Evening Primrose: Fibrocystic changes are normal findings in breast tissue. For most of us, these are more prominent around the menstrual cycle. For others, it can occur at any time and usually leads to pain and increased lumpiness. The most common remedy is to decrease caffeine. Evening primrose taken by mouth is helpful. Vitamin e is recommended as well. ...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?

No: Decrease caffeine and salty foods to decrease symptoms. The density and fibrocystic changes cannot be controlled. ...Read more

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I have fibrocystic breast condition and have been prescribed danazol. Is that the cure?

I have fibrocystic breast condition and have been prescribed danazol. Is that the cure?

Non medical: Danazol can be used for fibrocystic changes (fcc) but is not used too often. Most of us recommend simple interventions like decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. Over the counter meds like vitamin E or evening primrose can be used as well.
You may want to seek out a breast specialist for evaluation and review of non medical options. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fibrocystic breast condition and have been prescribed danazol. Is that the only cure?

What to do if I have fibrocystic breast condition and have been prescribed danazol. Is that the only cure?

Questionable: Fibrocystic disease represents the change in effect of estrogen on the breast from the young patient where fibroadenomas develop to the duct system which causes intermittent blockage from lining overgrowth which produces fibrocystic disease in the older patient. Danazol is a drug that lowers estrogen levels and increases androgen levels. This puts the body in a state that is like menopause ...Read more

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