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Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What are fibrocystic breast changes?

Fibrocystic changes are changes in your breast tissue. Your breast tissue may have small cysts, benign lumps (not cancer), or thickened areas. These breast tissue changes are common in women who have not gone through menopause. Fibrocystic breast changes do not increase your risk of breast cancer. The cause of fibrocystic breast changes is unknown. They may be related to hormonal changes that occur during your menstrual cycle.

What are other signs and symptoms of fibrocystic breast changes?

Signs and symptoms may be more noticeable before your period. You may have any of the following:

How are fibrocystic breast changes diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine your breasts. He or she will ask about your signs and symptoms, and about your family medical history. The provider may diagnose fibrocystic breast changes based on your signs and symptoms alone. He or she may also order certain tests to make sure you do not have breast cancer. You may need any of the following:

How are fibrocystic breast changes treated?

Your healthcare provider may recommend the following to relieve your symptoms:

How can I manage my symptoms?

Why is it important to continue breast self-exams?

Check your breast for changes in size, shape, or feel of the breast tissue. Check under your arms and all around your breasts. If you have monthly periods, examine your breasts after your period is over. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice any changes in your breasts. If you have questions, ask for more information about how to do a breast self-exam.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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