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Doctor insights on: Foods That Improve Fibrocystic Breasts

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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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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 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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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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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?

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?

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 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