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Doctor insights on: Fibrocystic Breasts Symptoms

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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

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 fluctuate ...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. http://www. ...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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Nipples swollen, breast feel heavy, viens in breast, mood swings, backache. Are these pregnancy symptoms?

Most likely: Why don't do you do pregnancy test to be sure you can do at home if positive than schedule with your physician. ...Read more

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Are tender breasts a symptom of breast cancer?

Are tender breasts a symptom of breast cancer?

Pain not specific: Breast pain is not specific for breast cancer. Many time breast cancer is not painful at all. Breast pain could be indicative of almost anything - abscess, cyst, mastitis, muscle strain... See your doctor to be evaluated properly. ...Read more

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Breast pain and nipple discharge. Are these symptoms of breast cancer?

Breast pain and nipple discharge. Are these symptoms of breast cancer?

Not usually: Breast pain and nipple discharge are infrequently signs of cancer. Pain may be related to fibrocystic changes or perhaps infection or inflammation. Nipple discharge may be due to a intraductal papilloma, a benign tumor within the duct system (usually near the nipple). You should have a physical exam, and possibly ultrasound to determine the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue ?

Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue ?

Breast cancer: Most breast cancers present as a painless lump within the breast. Your description of itchy painful breast would be an unusual presentation. Some advanced cases can present with skin involvement that can look like orange peel with redness. See you doctor for an exam, probably time for a mammogram as well. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Are fibrocystic breast lumps cancerous?

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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How common are fibrocystic breasts?

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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Could dimpling breasts always signal breast cancer?

Could dimpling breasts always signal breast cancer?

Not always: But it can be, so if you notice new dimpling in your breasts, please see your doc asap. ...Read more

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Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Does smoking cause breast fibrocystic breast disease?

Maybe: Studies have been contradictory regarding the relationship between smoking and fibrocystic changes. Periductal mastitis and subareolar abscesses are associated with cigarette smoking. ...Read more

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Could fibrocystic breast disease affect breast size at all?

Could fibrocystic breast disease affect breast size at all?

It could : Fibrocystic breast disease, depending on the extent, can cause some swelling of the breasts, particularly in cycles with menstruation - during those times it may feel more engorged for some women. ...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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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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Scans showed cysts in breast and focal fibrocystic change. Is fibrocystic change linked to breast cancer in anyway? Breasts aren't painful or tender.

Scans showed cysts in breast and focal fibrocystic change. Is fibrocystic change linked to breast cancer in anyway? Breasts aren't painful or tender.

NO: Fibrocystic breasts as they are now called(not F.C.disease,bc it is not a dse)occur in 50% of women betweenages 25 % 50. Thet are not precancerous unless something called "atypia"shows under the microscope. However,if any new "lump"is felt you need to get checked by your doctor. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Symptoms of PMS and pregnancy while breast feeding?

Symptoms of PMS and pregnancy while breast feeding?

Could be normal: Breast feeding is not adequate contraception, so make sure you're not pregnant again. ...Read more

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Do fibrocystic breast changes always come with pain and tenderness?

Do fibrocystic breast changes always come with pain and tenderness?

Not always: Fibrocystic breast changes can make symptoms like spontaneous pain associated with the menstrual cycle or tenderness to touch, but fibrocystic changes may be detected simply on mammography. ...Read more