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Dr. Regina Hampton
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Fibrocystic Breasts (Overview)

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

Dr. Regina Hampton
302 Doctors shared insights

Fibrocystic Breasts (Overview)

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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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?

No: Decrease caffeine and salty foods to decrease symptoms. The density and fibrocystic changes cannot be controlled. ...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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What is fibrocystic breasts?

What is fibrocystic breasts?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts: 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. This requires no treatment, just reassurance. ...Read more

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What are fibrocystic breasts?

What are fibrocystic breasts?

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.
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How common are fibrocystic breasts?

Very: Somewhere between 99% and 101% of women will get some fibrous and/or cystic change in their breasts during reproductive life. ...Read more

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What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

What are some causes of fibrocystic breasts?

Physiologic changes: Usual physiologic changes that include hormonal fluctuations, increase or decrease of different components of breast (pregnancy, lactation, aging), or thick secretions can all cause fibrocystic changes. These are not associated with increase risk of cancer. Regular breast exams and mammograms are still recommended. ...Read more

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Would fibrocystic breasts have physical changes?

Would fibrocystic breasts have physical changes?

Lumps and pain: The breasts will often feel lumpy and tender, enen when not on your period. It is important to perform monthly breast self exam. ...Read more

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What does it feel like to have fibrocystic breasts?

Many characteristics: Fibrocystic breast can have different characteristics- you can feel something that feels like a small "bb", a rock, a pea or just an area of irregular thickness 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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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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How can I relieve pain from my fibrocystic breasts?

How can I relieve pain from my fibrocystic breasts?

Decrease caffeine: Look at your diet and see if you are eating or drinking foods that contain caffeine. Some of the usual offenders: coffee, tea, chocolate, iced tea, soda/pop, energy drinks and powered drink mixes. Try decreasing your caffeine intake for 2 weeks. If the pain gets better, then caffeine is the problem.
Vitamin e and evening primrose can be used to relieve pain as well. ...Read more

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What should a woman do when she has fibrocystic breasts?

What should a woman do when she has fibrocystic breasts?

Be normal & happy!: Our breast tissue is fibrocystic by nature. Some women experience increased pain and lumpiness than others. If you are having pain, then try dietary modifications (see other posts). If you are not getting relief, seek out a breast specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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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Can a guy tell if you have fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Can a guy tell if you have fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Sometimes: Men can experience lumpiness and pain just as women do. A clinical breast exam and ultrasound can usually give the answer. I recommend consulting with a breast specialist in your area. ...Read more

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Is it possible to diagnose fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Is it possible to diagnose fibrocystic breasts from touching?

Not Really: Fibrocystic disease is a hodgepodge of benign pathologic changes seen under the microscope, so it can only be diagnosed by biopsy. However, it has been used frequently by doctors to describe "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue, which all women have in some form. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old and have fibrocystic breasts. Is there anything I should be concerned about?

I am 23 years old and have fibrocystic breasts. Is there anything I should be concerned about?

Common condition: Fibrocystic condition is very common and is usually a benign condition. It does however include a range of different pathological changes in the breast. When it is associated with proliferative changes, there is slight increased risk of breast cancer. You don't need any special care unless you develope a lump or become symptomatic in which case you need to have a breast evaluation. ...Read more

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I have thickening in breasts and was told it was prbly fibrocystic, but there's no pain. Can you have fibrocystic breasts with no pain?

Yes: Fibrocystic breast tissue is not necessarily painful. Breast tumors are very rare in women your age. That being said, you should see a doctor if you notice further changes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Do fibrocystic breasts cause new lumps to form?

Yes: The breasts go through changes related to hormone levels, stress and caffeine. The lumps will come and go. It is important to become familiar with your lumpiness and be able to distinguish your normal lump from something that feels abnormal. Anything abnormal should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

Same: Fibrocystic breast are dense and this makes it harder to see tumors and malignant calcifications but they can be seen. If the mammography is very unreliable then MRI should be considered. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop fibrocystic breasts under the age of 21?

Yes: All breasts are fibrocystic. Some will have more symptoms than others. This is why most of us have tender breasts around the time of our period.
Fibrocystic breasts run in families. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have fibrocystic breasts due to excess caffeine?

Is it possible that I have fibrocystic breasts due to excess caffeine?

No: Fibrocystic breast condition is a description of your breast tissue. The composition of your breast tissue is determined genetically. It is not caused by caffeine intake.

However, there are some studies that suggest caffeine intake can effect your tissue resulting in increased breast tenderness. ...Read more

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Lumps in breasts am that hurt when pushed on? . .. Hx fibrocystic breasts.

Lumps in breasts am that hurt when pushed on? . .. Hx fibrocystic breasts.

Breast lumps: Breast lumps that are tender with a history of Fibrocystic diseases are likely just that. Typically they vary in size and degree of tenderness with hormone fluctuations, caffeine intake, etc. Unusual lumps or persistent tender areas should be checked to be sure. Also if family history of breast cancer always best to err on side of getting checked. ...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?

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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My dr says I have fibrocystic breasts he said its common sometimes. Am I more prone to ca? & how will I know if its just cystic tissue or ca during exam

My dr says I have fibrocystic breasts he said its common sometimes. Am I more prone to ca? & how will I know if its just cystic tissue or ca during exam

No and FCD confuses: Fibrocystic disease (fcd) is not a risk factor for breast cancer. However it makes breast self-examination probematic: is it fcd or a suspicious lump? Although breast self-exam is not associated with decreased mortality from breast cancer, I believe that it is safe and that you need to know what your normal breast tissue feels like. It can lead to increased number of mammograms. ...Read more

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Can having fibrocystic breasts increase your chance of getting cancer?

Not a disease: Fibrocystic changes refer to a spectrum of benign variations seen within breast tissue. It is not a "disease" and in and itself does not significantly impact risk (breast density and nodularity may impact the ability and siensitivity of screening however and mammographic density has been identified as a risk marker). ...Read more

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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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I have fibrocystic breasts but my gb felt something ages ago that was a mass but it was soft. It has now turned hard is that normal?

I have fibrocystic breasts but my gb felt something ages ago that was a mass but it was soft. It has now turned hard is that normal?

Need to see doctor: This is probably just a fibrous cyst but you need to let your doctor check it and send you for a mammogram or ultrasound if they think it is something new, ...Read more

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Is cystic fibrosis and fibrocystic breasts the same thing?

Is cystic fibrosis and fibrocystic breasts the same thing?

No: Cystic fibrosis is disorder passed on from parents to children through genes which affects organs like lungs, liver, pancreas, intestines, sinuses and sex organs. They have thick mucus which blocks the ducts in these organs and cause complications. They are not same.
https://www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/health-topics/topics/cf
http://www. Nhs. Uk/Conditions/Breast-lump/Pages/Causes. Asp ...Read more

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Age 30- fibrocystic breasts. How can doctor tell by just feeling that lumps are benign?

Age 30- fibrocystic breasts. How can doctor tell by just feeling that lumps are benign?

Mammogram better.: Hello,
Yes a physician can have an impression of a benign breast vs. A malignancy. However, Mammogram would have a greater more definite screening than manual exam alone. Also the breast, if fibrocystic may interfere with what we can feel with our hands. The patient also has an impression about her own body and is a reliable source in determining a change in the nature of the breast tissue. ...Read more