Are fibrocystic breast lumps cancerous?

Not at all. No they are not cancerous and completely benign. However when one biopsies these lesions sometimes the pathologist can see ductal hyperplasia or atypical ductal hyperplasia in the setting of fibrocystic changes. These findings increase one's risk of developing cancer from 1.5x to 5x respectively.
Not usually. Fibrocystic breast disease is a disorder aggravated by coffee and smoking. However it is not a precursor to malignancy. Fibrocystic breast disease makes mammogram interpretation more problematic.

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Is fibrocystic breast disease aka breast lumps a fatal cancer?

Absolutely NOT. Fibrocystic changes are small cysts that develop in the breast. They are not precancerous and do not have any risk of cancer. This is one of this most common findings in women's breasts. They can be increased by caffeine consumption, among many other things. Don't worry. Read more...
No. Fibrocystic change is a benign condition of breast tissue that is a result of cyclical hormonal effects of the menstrual cycle on the breast tissue these changes can be painful and cause bilateral lumps these changes can be confused with breast cancer and should be evaluated by a doctor. 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...

Going for 2nd opinion on Small lump and imaging. 30 yrs old. Fibrocystic breast. Very scared. What is chance if cAncer stage 4?

Deep breaths,Hold On. Of course at your age, breast cancer is common, and with "lumpy" breast, you may find yourself going for repeat imaging often in your life. To this and many patients I say, please complete the work up. Stage IV means that it has spread everywhere, which is a rarity at your age. Have faith and hold on! Read more...

I have fibrocystic breast disease and a microscopic lump was seen on diagnostic mammo. Could it be cancerous? It is in the left breast.

Possibly. This could be more of your fibrocystic disease, which goes along with your cycle, or it could be a benign lump, like a fibroadenoma, which can be large, but is benign, and can almost always be excised. However, there is always a chance it could be malignant. This is why x-ray guided biopsy is often done. Calcifications, if present, point to malignancy. See your dr. For more info. And follow-up. Read more...
Needs more evaluatio. Most likely will be non-cancerous but need an ultrasound and probably a core- biopsy (large needle). Hard to redact without seeing the films. Read more...
Biopsy? You should discuss with your primary care physician. If the lump has suspicious characteristics on the imaging, a biopsy should be performed. Read more...
May need. Further evaluation. Additional magnification mammogram views & ultrasound may be indicated. Ask your doctor who ordered the mammogram if radiology recommended further testing. Sometimes needle biopsy is indicated too. Read more...

REAL chance of breast cancer- 32 yo, NO FAM hx, , hx fibrocystic breast, small lump moves, no pain - going to doc tomorrow. Major anxiety. I'm A mess!

Not much but. need investigation like any breast lump , see your doctor and follow the advise . Read more...
2B brave act brave. Fibrocystic change is not a risk. Any dominant mass does need to be seen. It is very likely it will be benign or resectable for cure. A majority of women go through what you are going through. Be tough. . Read more...

Might fibrocystic breast turn into cancer?

No. Simple fibrocystic change does not increase cancer risk. A few of the frisker epithelial hyperplasias do increase it. You're going to do self-exam, report any dominant masses, and get imaging if appropriate in any case. Good luck. Read more...

Could fibrocystic breast turn into cancer?

Not usually. Fibrocystic condition is a benign and very common condition. However it includes a range of pathological abnormalities, some of which may increase the risk of breast cancer. Having very dense breast tissue on your mammogram adds somewhat to the risk. A simple cyst however is not considered a risk factor. Read more...
No. Fibrocystic breasts can make early cancer diagnosis more difficult, though. This makes it all the more important to have regular breast exams by a doctor and to self-examine regularly. You have to know what your normal breast feels like in order to recognize an abnormal change. In fibrocystic breasts, MRI is often used instead of mammogram for screening. Read more...