Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

What are some common fibrocystic breast
changes?

Fibrocystic breast changes are
symptoms you may feel in your breasts right before your period. Your breasts may feel
lumpy, swollen, or sore. This is a very common condition. It is not a disease. It
is not
cancer. Your healthcare provider can rule out problems and help ease your symptoms.

What do fibrocystic breast changes feel
like?

Changes in hormone levels during
your menstrual cycle affect your breasts. If you have fibrocystic breasts, your breasts
may feel sore. This can often happen before your period. Your breasts may swell or
feel
lumpier at this time.

You may feel more breast lumpiness
as you enter middle age. That is when the glandular tissue in your breasts that makes
milk gives way to softer, fatty tissue.

Women with lumpy breasts may
have other noncancer (benign) breast conditions.

Caring for your breasts

Breast lumpiness can make it harder
to tell if you have new lumps to be concerned about. Breast self-awareness is the
key to
caring for your breasts. If you have lumpy breasts, it is important to learn what
your
breasts normally look and feel like. This will help you find any breast changes more
easily. Call your provider right away if you notice any changes. It is also important
to
get mammograms as often as directed by national guidelines and your healthcare provider.
The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force,
and American Cancer Society have different guidelines for women. Talk with your
healthcare provider about the right schedule for you.