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Benign Breast Disease Booklet

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Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Liquid-filled cysts in the breast tissue caused by an imbalance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Also known as mammary dysplasia, or chronic mastitis, or generalized breast lumpiness.

About the Condition

Cysts can be too tiny to feel, or can be several inches across and easily found with an ultrasound. Near the skin’s surface, fibrocystic breasts feel soft, but the deep tissue feels lumpy or ropey. The cyst can be irregularly shaped.

  • Generally estrogen dominance.
  • Underproduction of progesterone and a high/normal estradiol production
  • Usually subsides with menopause, when estrogen production declines.
  • The changes also may vary during the menstrual cycle. Estimated to affect over 60% of all women.
  • Common in women between the ages of 30 and 50, and rare in women who have gone through menopause.

No increased cancer risk.

Next page: Symptoms of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

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Symptoms of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

  • Symptoms may range from mild to severe. They typically peak before each menstrual period and improve immediately afterwards.
  • Dense, irregular and bumpy "cobblestone" consistency in the breast tissue.
  • Usually more noticeable in the outer upper part of the breast.
  • Breast discomfort.
  • Usually in both breasts.
  • May be persistent or it may come and go.
  • Breast feels full.
  • Dull, heavy pain and tenderness.
  • Premenstrual tenderness and swelling.
  • Occasional nipple discharge.

Pain from fibrocystic breast disease is usually a burning sensation localized near the armpit, or around the areola and nipple. The breasts feel heavy and tender, especially during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when excess fluid collects in the breasts.

During pregnancy, when hormones stimulate milk production, women with fibrocystic breast disease often find their condition is aggravated. As women approach middle age, their breasts become lumpier because the milk-producing tissue shrinks and the fat content increases.

Next page: Causes of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

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Causes of Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Caused by an imbalance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Often fibrocystic breast disease arises upon commencing an estrogen based oral contraceptive or if already present, exacerbated by using the Pill.

Diagnosis

Examination of the breast, mammograms, ultrasound, biopsy of the breast.

Next page: Treatment for Fibrocystic Breast Disease

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Treatment for Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Fibrocystic breast disease dissipates completely after natural menopause, when breast size decreases. However, if the woman takes a higher dose estrogen replacement therapy, fibrocystic breast disease can worsen.

Aspiration of the breast with a fine needle can often diagnose and treat larger cysts.

Next page: Further Information about Fibrocystic Breast Disease

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Topics discussed in the Understanding Breast Disorders booklet include:

  • What is benign breast disease?
  • Normal breast structure
  • How do I find breast disease?
  • When should I be concerned?
  • What are the signs and symptoms of breast cancer?
  • What causes benign breast disease?
  • Who develops benign breast disease?
  • How dangerous is benign breast disease?
  • How is benign breast disease treated?
  • What can I expect at my doctor’s visit?
  • What are the pros and cons of natural progesterone treatment versus synthetics?
  • What is the role of progesterone in humans?

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