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.

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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...

What is fibrocystic breast disease and how is it treated?

Lumpy-Bumpy Breasts. Most women's breasts are "lumpy-bumpy" and often hurt just before/during one's menstrual cycle. When this "flies above the radar", we give it fancy names like "mastalgia" and "fibrocystic changes". Some women respond to caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, oil of primrose, or even occasional nsaids. Please discuss your concerns with your gynecologist--they should be able to reassure you not to worry. Read more...

What is fibrocystic breast disease and what does it do?

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. If it is associated w/pain, caffeine avoidance, vitamin e, primrose oil, and nsaids have been used w/marginal success. Read more...

What is fibrocystic breast disease and what's the treatment for it?

Common. Common benign condition of painful breast swelling and breast nodularity in young women, often worse at menstrual cycle. It can run in families. It can be made worse with some hormone medications. I do not know of a specific "treatment" of this other than anti-inflammatory medication for discomfort. Resolves after menopause. Read more...

Hello. Can you describe what a fibrocystic breast should feel like as opposed to a breast with a cancerous lump?

Age. Any lump is cancerous unless proven otherwise. Younger women tend to have tissue changes that affect the stroma within the breast and have a cystic feel. these are common and benign. There are certain radiologic findings that make certain lumps highly likely for cancer in which case you need a biopsy Best Wishes Dr M. Read more...
Breast cancer senses. Breast cancer tends to be very firm non movable and often fixed to the chest wall or other structures. It can start as a nodule that feels "different" then the adjacent breast tissue. If you are not sure what you are feeling, please have a MD examine the area and have them make the determination. Read more...
Beanbag. Fibrocystic breast feels like a beanbag. Read more...