Friday, March 20, 2015

Fibrocystic Breast Disease (Lumpy Breasts)

Fibrocystic Breast Disease also known as Lumpy Breasts is a condition that occurs and effects more than 60% of women between the ages of 30 to 50,however it tends to lessen after menopause.

Although it is a non cancerous breast condition. Majority of fibrocystic breast changes is a result of monthly hormonal changes and nothing to be concerned about, and runs a slight risk for cancer.

Types of Fibrocystic Breast Changes:
  • Fibrosis: a tissue similar to scar tissue, the touch is hard and rubbery
  • Cysts: Fluid-filled sacs within the breast. You can have one or more breast cysts
Fibrocystic breasts are normal, they can cause pain, tenderness, and lumpiness__mainly in the upper and outer area of the breasts. Cysts usually become enlarge before a woman's period. They are large and movable. It maybe difficult to tell the difference between a cyst and a solid mass. Further tests maybe needed to confirm a diagnosis.

Symptoms of Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Swelling and thickening of the breasts
  • Lumps within the breasts
  • Pain and tenderness in the breasts
  • Changing size of breast lump
  • Green or dark non-bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness before your period
Doctors are not sure of the exact cause of fibrocystic breast disease but suspect that it maybe related reproductive hormone__estrogen.

Alternative Treatment of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Majority of women with Fibrocystic Breast disease do not need treatment. Home remedies is sufficient enough to relieve pain and help with mild discomfort. Some treatment include:
  • Over the counter pain relievers like Ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol)
  • Wear a well-fitting support bra
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine from your diet
  • Warm or cold compresses are known to relieve symptoms
  • Reduce salt in your diet
Medical Intervention

If the pain is severe you may need to seek medical treatment from your doctor. Treatment may consist of:
  • Oral contraceptives or hormones can reduces changes in the breast
  • Fine-needle aspiration, is a procedure to remove fluid from the cyst
  • Surgical removal of the cysts maybe needed if fine-needle aspiration does not relieve symptoms

For more information on Fibrocystic Breast Disease contact:

Women's Health
Mayo Clinic  

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