Fibrocystic breast changes cause many small lumps to form in your breast. Some areas of your breast may feel thicker or denser than other areas. Your breasts also may feel sore or tender.
You may notice lumps in both breasts around the nipple and in the upper, outer part of the breasts, especially before your menstrual period. The lumps may come and go and change size in just a few days.
Fibrocystic breast changes are normal and are not cancer. Treatment is not usually needed. If you have a hard, grainy lump, unusual pain, or nipple discharge, your doctor may order tests to look for a more serious problem. Talk to your doctor about the need for regular mammograms.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 6, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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