Fibrocystic Breast changes are essentially breast lumps that are normal.

This type of breast finding is the most frequent lesion found in the breast.

It can also referred to as fibrocystic disease of the breast.

It is a benign change of the breast tissue which indicates that these changes do not lead to cancer.

These changes can be seen as cysts, fibrosis, or specific changes to duct tissue.

Very common in women ages 30-50 and can be seen in over 50% of women

Symptoms:

  • Breast lumps or feeling of lumpy mass
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Discomfort
  • Smooth feeling
  • Defined area of mass
  • Severity can vary

*** – Symptoms are often closely related to menstrual period and they may worsen during this time.

Estrogen, Progesterone, prolactin and other hormones may be cause agent as well as excessive alcohol consumption.

Symptoms can alleviate on their own

Often women with fibrocystic breast changes are concerned regarding breast cancer

Symptoms of fibrocystic condition may be similar to that of Breast Cancer therefore additional test may be appropriate to rule out breast cancer.

Tests

  • In some cases Mammograms are required
  • Yearly breast exam by clinical provider
  • Needle biopsy may be required or helpful
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