What is it?
- Fibrocystic breast disease, commonly called fibrocystic breasts or fibrocystic change, is a benign (noncancerous) condition in which the breasts feel lumpy.
- Fibrocystic breasts aren’t harmful or dangerous, but may be bothersome or uncomfortable for some women. More than half of women will develop fibrocystic breast disease at some point in their lives. Many women with fibrocystic breasts will not have any associated symptoms.
Although it isn’t harmful to have fibrocystic breasts, this condition can make the detection of breast cancer more challenging
What are the symptoms?
You may experience the following symptoms: * swelling * tenderness * pain * a thickening of tissue * lumps in one or both breasts You may have more swelling or lumps in one breast than the other. Your symptoms will probably be worse right before your period due to hormonal changes, but you may have symptoms throughout the month. The lumps in fibrocystic breasts tend to fluctuate in size throughout the month and are usually movable. But sometimes if there’s a lot of fibrous tissue, the lumps may be more fixed in one place. You may also experience pain under your arms. Some women have a green or dark brown discharge from their nipples.
supplements such as evening primrose oil, available at health food stores, and vitamins such as vitamin A, B complex, and vitamin E may help reduce symptoms.
Drink less coffee, tea, and soda containing caffeine, which may aggravate the cysts. Also try avoiding chocolate.
Things to watch out for
Contact your GP if you think you have fibrocystic disease