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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

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 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?

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

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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?

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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I have fibrocystic breasts. I am fine and have no problems but doctor wants to monitor me?

I have fibrocystic breasts. I am fine and have no problems but doctor wants to monitor me?

Common problem: Most breast doctors and radiologists will follow a new patient with fibrocystic change for 1-2 years with mammogram/ultrasound every 6 months. We want to be sure that nothing changes or appears suspicious. It is important for you to perform monthly breast self exams to get familiar with your lumpiness. If anything feels different, please contact your clinician. Here is a website with info:
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Can fibrocystic breasts cause your lung to lung collapse?

Can fibrocystic breasts cause your lung to lung collapse?

No: Fibrocystic changes of the breast are strictly a condition of the breasts and do not affect the lungs. It cannot cause your lung to collapse. ...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

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I feel two lumps one in each breast. I have fibrocystic breasts. When do I ignore these symptoms.

I feel two lumps one in each breast. I have fibrocystic breasts. When do I ignore these symptoms.

Get it checked: Any lump in chest you feel needs to be checked and investigated at age of 41.It may just be the cysts but get it checked and may need ultrasound exam or other imaging ...Read more

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If I feel a lump on both breasts is the chances of it being cAncer low? I have fibrocystic breasts also.

If I feel a lump on both breasts is the chances of it being cAncer low? I have fibrocystic breasts also.

Yes,: The chances are low, but not low enough to ignore. You should see your physician to get the lumps evaluated. You may need a breast ultrasound or possibly a mammogram. ...Read more

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I have fibrocystic breasts but can feel a strange lump that feels ike a hard long string / cord like at the bottom of my breast. What could it be?

A few possibilities.: Given your age and history you need a physical exam and imaging of your breast. While this is most likely benign, you want to be assured this is not something more serious. A simple exam with a mammogram and likley ultrasound should easily confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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H/o Fibrocystic breasts, feel lump that is small and moves freely. Period due in 7 days. How do you tell the difference between lumps? 32 year old

H/o Fibrocystic breasts, feel lump that is small and moves freely. Period due in 7 days. How do you tell the difference between lumps? 32 year old

Mammogram: Any new breast mass should be examined by a doctor. Most likely a mammogram or sometimes a breast sonogram will be ordered to help distinguish between fibrocystic changes and abnormalities. Never assume a breast mass is normal until it has been properly evaluated ...Read more

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Mammogram indicates bi-rads 3, and being followed every 6 months due to fibrocystic breasts. Do you have to repeat ultrasound also?

Mammogram indicates bi-rads 3, and being followed every 6 months due to fibrocystic breasts. Do you have to repeat ultrasound also?

It depends.: The 6 month follow up recommendation could mean mammogram or mammogram/ultrasound. The report should specify. Either one could conceivably be appropriate depending on the circumstances. If the lesion was seen on ultrasound, chances are ultrasound will also be done as follow up. ...Read more

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I have Fibrocystic breasts and new subtle small tubular lump that doc says may be overstimulated gland. Should I worry? Causes pain

I have Fibrocystic breasts and new subtle small tubular lump that doc says may be overstimulated gland. Should I worry? Causes pain

WATCH OUT: ANYTHING GROWS FAST, NOT NECESSARILY TENDER, MUST AT LEAST DO ULTRASOUND AFTER PERIOD. BEFORE PERIOD MAY SHOW CYST ONLY
TOO YOUNG FOR MAMMOGRAM YET--BUT IF ULT SOUND SHOWED SOLID NODULE, MUST DO X-RAY AND BIOPSY SMALL CHANCE FOR CANCER AT 31YO
BUT THERE IS CHANCE IF TOUGH LUCK!
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF ...Read more