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Doctor insights on: Fibrocystic Breast Disease

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What causes fibrocystic breast disease?

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
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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


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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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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
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Observe skin around nipples
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How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease? By feeling you?

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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Living with Coronary Artery Disease (Checklist)

Take meds as prescribed
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Exercise daily as recommended by your doctor or trainer
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Limit meat, dairy, and fats as much as possible
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Eat whole grains only - not white bread
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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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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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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Checklist)

Try to continue walking
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Make sure risk factors are addressed (blood pressure, cholesterol)
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Inspect your feet daily -- call your MD with any wounds
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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

Dr. Regina Hampton
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Breast Diseases (Definition)

a constellation of various pathologies ...Read more