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.