Fibrocystic Breast Disease

Women are often concerned with several varieties of cancer, especially breast cancer. Fibrocystic breast disease is a condition that is very common. In fact more than fifty per cent of women have fibrocystic breast conditions.

Fibrocystic breast disease is a non cancerous condition. Signs that you suffer from this disease include the following breast conditions: lumpiness, tenderness, cysts, areas of thickening, fibrosis tissue, and breast pain. If you have this condition it does not mean you will develop breast cancer. It may make detecting breast cancer a little more difficult when you do a self-exam, however, you are not considered more likely to develop breast cancer if you have this condition.

Women who are thirty to fifty years of age are the most common population to develop or have a fibrocystic breast condition. While it is most common in that age group, you cannot rule out younger women developing the condition.

There are two main reasons that can cause the development of fibrocystic breasts. The first is the menstrual cycle itself. The hormones released during the menstrual cycle often make the breasts more sensitive, even painful. The symptoms tend to alleviate after the menstrual cycle is over. Women who have the condition may experience the pain more often and for longer periods of time. Women who have reached menopause may also suffer from this condition because of the hormone replacement therapy they are undergoing. Often, when a women stops taking the hormone replacements, the condition will disappear. In some cases, however, the symptoms may last.

There are several symptoms associated with this condition. It is important to understand these symptoms in order to understand fibrocystic breast disease.

Cysts are fluid filled sacs. This means that the fluid in the breast is creating a lump under the skin. Most of these sacs are soft. Fibrosis is a scar type of connective tissue.Lumpiness in the breasts may be a result of the cysts. Another symptom of fibrocystic breast disease is a thickening of certain areas of the breast. Lastly the breasts are painful to the touch or may even be painful when they are not being touched.

The degree of symptoms will vary depending on the woman. The best way to determine if you have the condition is to do a self-breast exam or ask your doctor about the condition during an exam. You are no more likely to develop breast cancer because of this condition, although it will make it more difficult, without a proper exam, to determine if you do have breast cancer.

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