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Definition

Fibrocystic breast disease refers to benign (noncancerous) changes in the tissues of the breast. The term "disease" in this case is misleading, and many health care providers prefer the term "change."

The condition is so common that it is believed to be a variation of normal. It may also be called mammary dysplasia, benign breast disease, and diffuse cystic mastopathy.

Symptoms

Symptoms may range from mild to severe. They typically peak before each menstrual period and improve immediately afterwards.

Symptoms include:

  • Dense, irregular and bumpy "cobblestone" consistency in the breast tissue
    • Usually more noticeable in the outer upper part of the breast
  • Breast discomfort
    • Usually in both breasts
    • May be persistent or it may come and go
  • Breast feels full
  • Dull, heavy pain and tenderness
  • Premenstrual tenderness and swelling
  • Occasional nipple discharge
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