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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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Fat or fibrocystic breast disease?

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Fat or fibrocystic breast disease?

Not sure of your ?: I am not sure of what you are asking. Please rephrase your question and ask again. Breasts are composed of fatty tissue as well as denser "breast" tissue. Depending on many things the ratio of fat to denser 'breast" tissue varies from person to person and throughout life. ...Read more

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Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

Can fibrocystic breast disease lead to breast cancer?

No, but...: All women at some time have some of the changes we used to call "fibrocystic disease". Fibrosis and cysts pose no risk. If a woman has sclerosing adenosis or one of the atypical epithelial hyperplasias, her risk for a subsequent breast cancer is somewhat increased. I'd urge old-fashioned self-exam at the same time each month for all women, with biopsy of any dominant mass. ...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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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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What is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease?

Fibrocystic breasts : Fibrocystic breast disease is characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in both breasts. The lumpiness is due to small breast masses or breast cysts. The condition is very common and is benign. These lumps/ cysts are often periodically affected by the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

What distinguishes inflammatory breast cancer from invasive breast cancer?

Inflammatory breast: Cancer is a subtype of invasive breast cancer that involves the skin. It causes the skin to appear inflamed. ...Read more

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Breastduct excision fibrocystic changes,ductal hyperplasia w/o atypical,apocrine metaplasia,dilated benign ducts with thermal artifact.this means what?

Breastduct excision fibrocystic changes,ductal hyperplasia w/o atypical,apocrine metaplasia,dilated benign ducts with thermal artifact.this means what?

No cancer: All of the changes in your breast are benign and there is no cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Fibrocystic breast disease and severe mastodynia..Unbearable ?

Mammogram first: The first step is an exam by your doctor and a mammogram to rule out life threatening problems. If in fact you do have only fibrocystic breast disease there are a variety of options. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Motrin can help some. Vitamin e supplements may help. Primrose oil has been reported to help. Birth control pills can help too to normalize hormone levels. ...Read more

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Is paget's disease of breast curable?

Is paget's disease of breast curable?

It may be: Like other types of breast cancer with prompt and appropriate treatment there is a good likelihood that paget's disease can be successfully treated. ...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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Benign breast disease and the risk of breast cancer?

Depends: Most benign breast findings do not lead to or cause breast cancer. Some breast tissue biopsies can show benign but possibly pre-cancerous cells, such as atypical ductal hyperplasia or lobular neoplasia (for example). You would need to discuss any breast biopsy results and their possible risks with your doctor. ...Read more

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Does fibrocystic breast diesease increase cancer risk?

Does fibrocystic breast diesease increase cancer risk?

No.: Fibrocystic changes, in the truest sense, can only be diagnosed under the microscope after breast biopsy; the only changes associated with increased cancer risk are those with atypia. "fibrocystic disease" has become a catch-all term to describe "lumpy-bumpy" breast tissue, and is an almost-universal phenomenon in any woman who has been seen by a doctor for breast evaluation. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer inherited?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that approximately 10-15% of all breast cancers in the US are of the hereditary type. These genes can be inherited from either your father or your mother. If a woman inherits this gene, they have a 50-75% chance of developing breast cancer in their lifetime. These cancers tend to occur at any earlier age and may occur in both breasts. ...Read more

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Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

Is dcis breast cancer genetic?

It can be: Dcis, the earliest form of breast cancer, can be associated with brca mutations. 13% of women under 50 diagnosed with dcis had a brca mutation in retrospective (looking backwards) studies. Women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer or dcis before age 50 should have genetic counseling. For more info: http://clincancerres.Aacrjournals.Org/content/13/14/4306.Full. ...Read more

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Dear sir, is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease - (category 2 )- a cancer?

No: Fibrocystic disease is definitely a benign breast condition that effects many women. You should of course continue with you own self breast exams during the same monthly stage of your cycle and follow your doctors advice on breast imaging. ...Read more

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What is bilateral fibrocystic disease of breasts?

What is bilateral fibrocystic disease of 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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Could breast enlargement oils causes breast cancer?

Could breast enlargement oils causes breast cancer?

Unknown??: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. And can not be proven SAFE. Be careful save ur $$$ see : http://nccam.Nih.Gov ...Read more

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Fat or fibrocystic breast disease?

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Not sure of your ?: I am not sure of what you are asking. Please rephrase your question and ask again. Breasts are composed of fatty tissue as well as denser "breast" tissue. Depending on many things the ratio of fat to denser 'breast" tissue varies from person to person and throughout life. ...Read more

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What is bilateral fibrocystic breast disease?

Fibrocystic breasts : Fibrocystic breast disease is characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in both breasts. The lumpiness is due to small breast masses or breast cysts. The condition is very common and is benign. These lumps/ cysts are often periodically affected by the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is fibrocystic breast disease?

Common, benign: Fibrocystic breast disease is a common, benign (not cancerous) condition. It is the most common cause of "lumps" in both breasts and can be painful. It can be due to the responsiveness of breast tissue to hormones. The size of the lumps and the associated pain often change with changes in a woman's menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

What are the symptoms of fibrocystic breast disease?

Variable: Fibrocystic symptoms can range from mild breast discomfort and swelling around the time of the menstrual period, to more firm hard breast lumps and cysts that may be very tender or painful. Often the symptoms are worse during the menstrual cycle. Sometimes the breast lumps can be fluid cysts that come and go around the menstrual period too. ...Read more

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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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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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What do doctors do to diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

It is really not : A disease and most medical professionals have stopped using the term "fibrocystic breast disease" and now simply refer to "fibrocystic breasts" or "fibrocystic breast changes". The diagnosis is usually made by characteristic history and physical exam findings. Mammograms and ultrasound may show breast cysts. Biopsy is sometimes performed in questionable cases. ...Read more

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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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Fibrocystic breast disease and severe mastodynia..Unbearable ?

Mammogram first: The first step is an exam by your doctor and a mammogram to rule out life threatening problems. If in fact you do have only fibrocystic breast disease there are a variety of options. Tylenol, (acetaminophen) Motrin can help some. Vitamin e supplements may help. Primrose oil has been reported to help. Birth control pills can help too to normalize hormone levels. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease? By feeling you?

How do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease? By feeling you?

Combination: Making a diagnosis of fibrocystic breast disease involves taking a good history (telling your provider about your symptoms, diet, medications, etc), performing a complete breast examination and looking at imaging studies ( mammogram, ultrasound, mri). It is important for women with fibrocystic changes to become aware of the changes in their breasts. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

Can you tell me how do doctors diagnose fibrocystic breast disease?

Microscope work: Somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have "fibrocystic change" in their breasts sometime during their reproductive life. We pathologists who diagnose it under the microscope aren't big on calling it a disease. "fibrocystic change" is more appropriate. ...Read more

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Are there steps I can take to prevent getting fibrocystic breast disease?

No: You can not control the amount of fibrocystic breast tissue that you develop. You can control, to a great extent, the symptoms you have from that tissue. It is well known that caffeine will cause the fibrocystic tissue to retain fluid, which will increase breast pain and tenderness in many women. It is also well known that vitamin E will minimize that breast tenderness for the majority of women. ...Read more

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Does fibrocystic breast disease affect breast size at all and will it go away?

Does fibrocystic breast disease affect breast size at all and will it go away?

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. It may persist for many years, perhaps getting less prominent when you are postmenopausal and your breasts become fattier. ...Read more

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Why is pain in fibrocystic breast disease mostly located in the upper outer quadrant of the breast?

Why is pain in fibrocystic breast disease mostly located in the upper outer quadrant of the breast?

More breast tissue: This is where most of the breast tissue is and the most movement. Antioxidants, evening primrose oil and avoid caffiene. ...Read more

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Does anyone else have fibrocystic breast disease? Tell me why can't you eat chocolate or have coffee?

Does anyone else have fibrocystic breast disease? Tell me why can't you eat chocolate or have coffee?

Yes, very common: This is a very common condition. You are asked to decrease or eliminate coffee and chocolate because they contain caffeine. In most cases, caffeine causes the cysts to be more active and cause breast pain. This condition is the most common cause of breast pain. ...Read more

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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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What to expect from fibrocystic breast disease?

Benign: Fibrocystic breast condition is a common condition. Associated with tender breast swelling & benign breast lumps or cysts. Discomfort worse around menstrual cycle. Symptoms can get worse with some hormone or bcp medications. Does not lead to cancer. Can make mammograms difficult to read if there is increased internal breast density. ...Read more

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