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.

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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...

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...

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...

Are there home remedies for fibrocystic breast disease?

No cure. Fibrocystic breast disease is the presence of fibrocystic tissue in the breasts. There is no cure for fibrocystic breast disease but there is treatment to decrease the discomfort. Decreasing caffeine intake will minimize breast tenderness and increasing vitamin E to 800 or 1000 international units (iu) each day will also decrease the pain. Read more...
Yes and No! Complex topic but to be brief: most common condition responsible for "lumpiness" or "bumps." it usually affects women of reproductive age and declines with menopause. It is not a malignant condition (not cancer), but significant cases can hinder proper visualization during mammography lowering sensitivity of the test to detect pathology. Lowering caffeine intake can help with discomfort. Read more...