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Will Fibrocystic Breast Disease Eventually Or Inevitably Lead To Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)
Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm experiencing fibrocystic breast disease for years. I am now after menopause (age 77) is this a risk factor 4 breast cancer?
NO: Fibrocystic changes can make it more difficult to examine breasts, and therefore may delay diagnosis in pre menopausal women, but as a rule there's minimal evidence to suggest that fibrocystic changes increases your risk of breast cancer. Just continue self breast exams, annual mammography, and physician exams yearly. Now, go and enjoy life. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do if I have had fibrocystic breast disease for years. I am now after menopause (age 77) is this a risk factor 4 breast cancer?
31 y/o h/o fibrocystic breasts. What are chances of stage 3 or 4 cancer being dx or missed bc doctor thinking lumps were fibrocystic breast disease?
I have a small pea size lump right armpit/breast area with pain throughout cycle... H/o fibrocystic breast disease.. Ob blew me off. It's on the other side but right side bigger. Should I be concerned about cancer?
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
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