Fibrocystic Breast Condition
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Fibrocystic breast condition facts
- What are fibrocystic breasts?
- Is there a difference between fibrocystic breast condition and fibrocystic breast disease?
- What causes fibrocystic breasts?
- What are the symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition?
- Which women are more likely to develop fibrocystic breast condition?
- Can fibrocystic breast condition affect just one breast?
- Why is it important to diagnosis fibrocystic breasts?
- How is fibrocystic breast condition diagnosed?
- Is there more than one type of fibrocystic breast condition?
- Why can fibrocystic breast condition be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer?
- Why don't all women with fibrocystic breast condition have breast biopsies?
- What is the recommended follow-up for women with fibrocystic breast condition?
- How is the risk of breast cancer in fibrocystic breast condition patients calculated?
- What are the treatments for fibrocystic breast condition?
- Are there any dietary or life style factors associated with fibrocystic breast condition?
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Fibrocystic breast condition facts
- Fibrocystic breast condition is lumpiness in one or both breasts.
- For some women, symptoms of fibrocystic breast condition include breast tenderness and breast pain.
- Fibrocystic breast condition is a very common and benign condition.
- Normal hormonal variation during the menstrual cycle is the primary contributing factor to fibrocystic breast condition.
- Fibrocystic breast condition is a cumulative process that mainly affects women over 30 years of age.
- The foremost concern is not fibrocystic breast condition itself but the threat of breast cancer.
- The lumps in fibrocystic breast condition can mimic and mask breast cancer.
- Recommended measures for women with fibrocystic breast condition include learning about the condition and its symptoms; having regular breast exams by a health care professional; and having regular mammograms.
- Treatment of fibrocystic breast condition aims at the relief of breast pain and tenderness and correction of menstrual irregularities.
What are fibrocystic breasts?
Fibrocystic breasts are characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts. The lumpiness is due to small breast masses or breast cysts. The condition is very common and benign, meaning that fibrocystic breasts are not malignant (cancerous). Fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), now referred to as fibrocystic changes or fibrocystic breast condition, is the most common cause of "lumpy breasts" in women and affects more than 60% of women. The condition primarily affects women between the ages of 30 and 50, and tends to become less of a problem after menopause.
The diagnosis of fibrocystic breasts is complicated by the fact that the condition can vary widely in its severity.
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