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What causes cysts in the breasts?

What causes cysts in the breasts?

Nature: Many women have fibrocystic changes in their breast tissue. Fluid retention during the cycle can result in the fibrocystic tissue becoming more prominent - manifesting as cysts. Caffeine is known to promote fluid retention and cyst formation in the breast tissue. ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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What can cause cysts in breasts?

What can cause cysts in breasts?

Cysts: The cause of cysts in the breast are unknon. Some doctors believe it might bebduebto increased estrogen levels. ...Read more

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Is it possible cyst in the breast turn into breast cancer? What causes cyst in the breast? Is the breast cyst dangerous? Thank you

Depends: There are many types of cysts. Simple cysts rarely if ever are cancer. Complex cysts can be more dangerous. If you have a cyst, be sure to follow up with your doctor. They may want to do a needle aspiration and sample the fluid. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can benign breast cysts cause a change in the shape of the breast, or a dimpling effect? Also, is it common to have a lot of cysts in both breasts?

Can benign breast cysts cause a change in the shape of the breast, or a dimpling effect? Also, is it common to have a lot of cysts in both breasts?

Breast cysts: A dimpling effect is not common with cysts and this should be check out. If you are having only benigh cysts try taking extra iron with 3 kelp talblets per day as this tends to reduce cysts. ...Read more

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What is fibro cystic lumps in the breasts caused from?

What is fibro cystic lumps in the breasts caused from?

Prominent: Fibrous stromal tissue, which is support tissue for the breast, combined with obstruction and cystic dilatation of the milk-producing glands of the breast. ...Read more

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What causes fibro cystic. Breast changes and is it any cause for future concern?

What causes fibro cystic. Breast changes and is it any cause for future concern?

Not unusual: Many women have fibrocystic changes to their breasts. It does not portent any future problems, with the exception of making it even more important that you do your self breast exams. If you have FCD, you should know what your breasts feel like, to know if you feel any changes. ...Read more

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Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Abnormal cells found in breast cyst aspirate. Cells chunkier than normal. What could cause this?

Your doc must answer: As a pathologist, I use many different words but "chunkier" isn't one that's familiar to me from breast biopsy aspirate work. You have a right to a complete explanation -- any chance of cancer? -- from the pathologist if your primary care physician or whoever did the aspirate cannot answer for you. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a breast cyst be caused by a hormonal imbalance?

Might it be that a a breast cyst be caused by a hormonal imbalance?

Usually not: The cause of breast cysts is unknown. There is some investigation ongoing into whether estrogen is involved. Breast cysts are very common, and usually benign. Make sure yours is evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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I have to go for an ultrasound cause of my mammogram, my breasts sometimes hurts, is it more likely to be cysts? Just got a job and don't want it ruine

I have to go for an ultrasound cause of my mammogram, my breasts sometimes hurts, is it more likely to be cysts? Just got a job and don't want it ruine

Whether or not: It is likely to be a cyst depends in part on the mammographic appearance. Even if it is not a cyst, it doesn't mean you have cancer. Most mammo abnormalities turn out to be benign. ...Read more

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Can ovarian cysts cause breast pain?

Yes: But unlikely. There is a certain type of ovarian cyst that causes overproduction of estrogen and that could cause breast pain, though those cysts are unlikely. It's more likely that the 2 are unrelated. I don't see your age, so it's difficult to say why you're having breast pain, but most common is due to hormonal reasons, typically cyclical. If you feel a mass, go to doctor right away. ...Read more

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I have breast cyst and I know they burn and hurt but can they cause brusing?

I have breast cyst and I know they burn and hurt but can they cause brusing?

Not usually: Cysts in the breast are common. Most often they are painless but can be associated with fibrocystic condition of the breast which often causes some pain in the breast prementrually.
I would advise you to have regular mammograms and repeat one now unless you have had one done within the last 6 months. You should also get your doctor to do a clinical breast examination) to check for any lumps. ...Read more

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What are the causes of breast cyst formation when in fact I am breastfeeding?

What are the causes of breast cyst formation when in fact I am breastfeeding?

Could be: A regular breast cyst. Or could be a galactocele which is a retained milk duct cyst. See your gynecologist or physician for an exam. ...Read more

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I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

I have heard that caffeine can cause breast cysts (fibrocystic breast tissue), is that true?

Aggravate not cause: For many women, caffeine intake (coffee, chocolate, soda/pop, tea) can make fibrocystic changes more active (pain and lumpiness). Natural hormonal changes or hormone intake can cause this as well. Stress is a big offender because it causes us to release more of our natural hormones.
Try decreasing caffeine intake and reducing stress. If no relief, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a persistent ovarian cyst and have recently developed a hard mass in right breast, could the two be linked and what could cause this?

I have a persistent ovarian cyst and have recently developed a hard mass in right breast, could the two be linked and what could cause this?

Possibly: Hormone changes can induce cysts, they can also cause large breast cysts. Get an ultrasound. Breast cysts are usually benign but need to be flowed. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of pain in a healthy breast? I had a breast removed for a mastectomy. Now my other breast is healthy and has no cyst or anything in it. Sometimes I feel pain in it around my ovulation or just at odd times. I have stopped drinking c

Breast: Breast pain, particularly premenstrual pain, is incredibly common and almost always benign. Women with fibrocystic change are more prone to it, but a lot of women will have breast pain at some time or another. There is no universal treatment, so trial and error is often needed to figure out what makes yours better.

Eliminating caffeine helps with some women, but usually takes 2-3 months to see a true effect. Other common solutions include supplementation with vitamin E or vitamin b6. Evening primrose oil (a supplement available in most drugstores and natural food stores) can be very effective, show in randomized clinical trials. Reduction of dietary fat, increased exercise, decreased stress can all help. Some women find improvement with acupuncture. If it is predictable, use of Ibuprofen can help.

If the pain tends to be focal (in one spot consistently) and constant. It is worth evaluation given your history.

I hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can excessive compulsive areaola and breast stimulation cause a thrombosed vein and a cyst?

Can excessive compulsive areaola and breast stimulation cause a thrombosed vein and a cyst?

Yes: It could cause a thrombosis of a superficial vessel and some scarring if there is significant trauma. I don't see how it could cause a cyst. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

Can breast cancer cause breast cysts to develop? I know it's rare for cancer in a cyst, but can a tumor be the cause of a simple cyst?

It's possible: A breast cancer may exist in a cyst if there is a mass in the cyst or in the wall of the cyst. A simple cyst is unlikely to be cancerous. Usually cancerous cysts are complex and may have separations within it. In any event either removal, aspiration with follow up, or repeat imaging my be needed to ensure the cyst is not cancerous. ...Read more

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Question for radiologist. I had U/S done. What causes a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) to be more "tall than wide"?

Question for radiologist. I had U/S done. What causes a small complicated breast cyst (no solid mass component) to be more "tall than wide"?

Scarring?: Without seeing the images, I cannot give you more than a general response. If a cysts has sharp margins that is a typically benign lesion. As I am radiologist, I would want to know why it is complicated. Without knowing this, I would recommend that you have a followup sonogram in 3 months. If it is stable for a year. You shouldn't need any additional follow up. ...Read more

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Hi. Was just wondering what causes cysts. I have one in my breast and ovary. Had a Depo-Provera shot in jan that I discontinued. Related?

Hi. Was just wondering what causes cysts. I have one in my breast and ovary. Had a Depo-Provera shot in jan that I discontinued. Related?

Different things: Cysts in the breast usually form because one of the ducts gets blocked and secretions back up. This is often because the fibrous strands of fibrocystic change cause the blockage. Ovarian cysts can have many causes depending on the kind of cyst. The most common are functional cysts. The egg grows in a cyst or follicle every month. After ovulation a cyst called a corpus luteum forms at that site. ...Read more

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Left breast is larger than normal w/ pain. Had mammo/sonogram, found small cyst, told to come back in 6 mos. Breast noticeably larger now. Causes?

Left breast is larger than normal w/ pain. Had mammo/sonogram, found small cyst, told to come back in 6 mos. Breast noticeably larger now. Causes?

Enlarging breast: Please go get it checked again. I have had pts who had mamm, us one month and a month or two later noticed a change in their breast that was of course cancer. It did not show up on mam/us. One out of three breast cancers won't show up on anything except exam. Go back and see your md. Better to be a worry wart or pest than to miss a breast cancer! ...Read more

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Can an infected armpit cyst cause upper chest and breast pain. The meds I was on took the cyst down to the size it was five years ago when I first fel?

Yes: Make sure you took the abx for the full course. Sometimes, with enlargement of a cyst in an area that is very innervated, may cause referred pain into chest/breast. Now that you've taken your abx and the cyst is smaller and not inflamed, it's a good time to consider surgical removal. ...Read more