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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Fibrocystic Breasts (Overview)

Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates with the menstrual cycle.


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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
298 doctors shared insights

Fibrocystic Breasts (Overview)

Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition where the breasts develop non-cancerous lumps made of fibrous tissue. These can cause discomfort and pain that fluctuates with the menstrual cycle.


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Help? I have recently been diagnosed with having fibrocystic breasts. Does this mean I have a hormonal imbalance?

Help? I have recently been diagnosed with having fibrocystic breasts. Does this mean I have a hormonal imbalance?

Usually not: Fibrocystic condition is a very common condition in women. Usually there are no specific hormonal imbalance that causes it. However fluctuation of the hormonal levels during monthly cycle may affect the breast symptoms. ...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
once
Observe skin around nipples
once
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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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Fibrocystic breasts problem, need further info like diet?

Fibrocystic breasts problem, need further info like diet?

Fibrocystic breasts: If its a real problem oral contraceptives can regulate the hormones and relieve symptoms in a lot of women. Or you could try vitamin E supplements, evening primrose oil capsules. There is some literature about iodine but i don't have any experience with it. ...Read more

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Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Is mastectomy an effective treatment for fibrocystic breast disease?

Not indicated: Benign breast fibrocysric condition is not a "disease." it is fairly common & does not lead to breast cancer. Breast swelling, nodularity, discomfort & cysts occur. Mastectomy would not be indicated for this benign breast condition. ...Read more

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Do older women (60+ years) get fibrocystic breasts?

Do older women (60+ years) get fibrocystic breasts?

Yes.: Although usually presenting at an earlier age, it may occur in later years. Also, mild disease may be unnoticed and seen on mammogram. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with painful fibrocystic breasts. This all started 6 months after stopping with the pill. Could using the pill again relieve my pain?

I was diagnosed with painful fibrocystic breasts. This all started 6 months after stopping with the pill. Could using the pill again relieve my pain?

Painful breasts: Many things can help with painful breasts and trust me when you have them sometimes they are painful! cutting down on caffeine can help and restarting birth control can definitely help....But really who wants to give up their caffeine? Massage can also help although painful at first. ...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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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