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  • on 10.03.2012
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What is Fibrocystic Breast Condition?


A self breast exam can turn into a nightmare once you discover a lump, but is that lump cancer? The good news is most lumps in the breast tissue are not cancerous. In some cases those lumps may be caused by a fibrocystic breast condition. But, what is a fibrocystic breast condition? Let’s take a closer look at this condition so that you know what to expect.

What Is a Fibrocystic Breast Condition?

A fibrocystic breast condition may affect one or both breasts and is usually a problem that causes increased symptoms during the beginning of a woman’s menstrual cycle. The condition can cause the tissue of the breast(s) to feel lumpy. The symptoms of the condition may also include pain, swelling, tenderness and lump(s) in the breast(s). As mentioned above, not all lumps in the breast are cause for concern.

However, you should always schedule an exam with your health care provider to determine the cause of the lump. While many believe that this condition is nothing to worry about, there are those believe fibrocystic breast condition can lead to breast cancer.


The exact causes of a fibrocystic breast condition are unknown, but there are a few theories. It is believed that women that drink too much caffeine, eat high-fat foods and chocolate may be at a higher risk, but this is unproven. Another theory is that the condition is due to the fluctuation of hormones during the menstrual cycle, which causes the symptoms to get worse before and lessen after the menstrual cycle. Birth control may be able to lessen the symptoms, but hormone replacement may make the condition worse.


There are a number of methods you can use to treat this condition. The first thing you health care provider will mention is to stop drinking caffeine. Caffeine can cause lumps and pain in the breasts. Another method is to decrease your consumption of meats and birth control that has estrogen. Vitamin E in doses of 400 to 600 IU per day can also help relieve the symptoms. However, when the episodes are extremely painful, it is also recommended to wear a very supportive bra to help ease the pain.

Fibrocystic breast condition is experienced by many women and is usually not a cause for concern. However, any lump you find during a self breast exam needs to be examined by your health care provider to determine the cause and potential for cancer.

About the Author: Meaghan Gavenda is a women’s health advocate who enjoys working in patient education. She recommends by Dr Eric Bakker and several other sites to women who want to better understand their bodies.

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