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What is fibrocystic breast tissue?

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Fibrocystic breast tissue used to be called fibrocystic breast disease. But you don't really have a disease when you have fibrocystic breasts. You have a very common condition. These are the main signs of it:

This condition goes by several names:

Fibrocystic breast tissue doesn’t raise your risk of getting cancer. With fibrocystic breasts, though, you may have a harder time feeling a new breast lump or abnormal change.

Your doctor might recommend:

Talk to your doctor about the best ways you can stay on top of your breast health.

  • Your breasts have denser (thicker) tissue
  • Your breasts have lumps that you may be able to feel
  • Your breasts might hurt or feel tender
  • The size of your breast lumps can change during your period cycle
  • Fibrocystic breast tissue
  • Fibrocystic breast changes
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • A newer type of mammogram called a digital mammogram
  • Ultrasound
  • A breast MRI
  • Breast self-exams

SOURCES:

CDC: "What Is a Mammogram?" "What is Breast Cancer Screening?"

Mayo Clinic: "Fibrocystic breasts," "Fibrocystic breast changes: Linked to breast cancer?"

Johns Hopkins: "Fibrocystic Breast Tissue."

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society Releases New Breast Cancer Guideline."

Breast Cancer Research : "Not all false positive diagnoses are equal: On the prognostic implications of false-positive diagnoses made in breast MRI versus in mammography / digital tomosynthesis screening."

National Cancer Institute: "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 18, 2020

SOURCES:

CDC: "What Is a Mammogram?" "What is Breast Cancer Screening?"

Mayo Clinic: "Fibrocystic breasts," "Fibrocystic breast changes: Linked to breast cancer?"

Johns Hopkins: "Fibrocystic Breast Tissue."

American Cancer Society: "American Cancer Society Releases New Breast Cancer Guideline."

Breast Cancer Research : "Not all false positive diagnoses are equal: On the prognostic implications of false-positive diagnoses made in breast MRI versus in mammography / digital tomosynthesis screening."

National Cancer Institute: "NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on May 18, 2020

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