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FAQS: Fibrocystic Breasts (Fibrocystic Changes) and Fibroadenomas

PJ Hamel Health Guide May 14, 2009
  • Worried about a lump in your breast? Breast lumps can be caused by a number of other factors besides breast cancer. While breast lumps should always be taken seriously, these FAQS may help you determine just how quickly you should get to the doctor.Q. My breasts were feeling really painful, especiall...

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  • Oana
    Apr. 28, 2011

    Hello !  Two years ago I was found a breast fibroadenoma. I am 35 years old and I do not have children . Now the tumor is 30 mm. My doctor was worried and she suggested the surgery . She has never sent me for tests or any other analisys .Also no medication. I have checked the internet , I have also "prescribed "myself the tumoral marker (it was ok ) ....

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    Hello !  Two years ago I was found a breast fibroadenoma. I am 35 years old and I do not have children . Now the tumor is 30 mm. My doctor was worried and she suggested the surgery . She has never sent me for tests or any other analisys .Also no medication. I have checked the internet , I have also "prescribed "myself the tumoral marker (it was ok ) . Is this surgery necessary ?

    Thank you very much!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Apr. 28, 2011

      What kind of surgery is she advising? I suspect she considered a biopsy, then decided that, at 30mm, you might as well have it taken out, rather than have a biopsy.

       

      Is surgery necessary? Up to you. Chances are this is NOT cancer, but a simple fibroadenoma. But - if it IS cancer, and you choose not to remove it, chances are it'll spread. Is there a reason...

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      What kind of surgery is she advising? I suspect she considered a biopsy, then decided that, at 30mm, you might as well have it taken out, rather than have a biopsy.

       

      Is surgery necessary? Up to you. Chances are this is NOT cancer, but a simple fibroadenoma. But - if it IS cancer, and you choose not to remove it, chances are it'll spread. Is there a reason you're trying to bypass surgery? It should be fairly simple, given the size of the growth...

  • Anonymous
    lily
    Mar. 14, 2011

    hi i have the same symptoms i checked my breast i found that i have one fibrodomena in my right breast and two on my left breast but i also feel itchy on my left breast. i would like to hear from someone ..

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 14, 2011

      Hi - This isn't something you can diagnose yourself; if you feel lumps in your breast, you should have a doctor check them out. Yes, they're probably fibroadenomas or cysts; but you really need to find out for sure from a doctor. So, if you feel like these are new lumps, some you haven't had for years, call and make an appointment. If you've had them forever,...

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      Hi - This isn't something you can diagnose yourself; if you feel lumps in your breast, you should have a doctor check them out. Yes, they're probably fibroadenomas or cysts; but you really need to find out for sure from a doctor. So, if you feel like these are new lumps, some you haven't had for years, call and make an appointment. If you've had them forever, then you could probably wait till your next physical to discuss whether they're actually fibroadenomas, cysts, or something else. But do make your doctor aware of them, OK? Take care- PJH

  • sherry ann
    Jan. 12, 2011

    I was previously undergone biopsy through excition of breast masses at they were found out to be fibroadenomas. I have read that women who previously undergone excition of fibroadenomas are likely to develop and at risk of carcinomas. How true is this? i am afraid. Pls help. How can I avoid carcinomas? Thanks

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 12, 2011

      Sherry Ann, there's some disagreement about this in the scientific community. Most say there's no relationship between fibroadenomas and an increased risk for breast cancer. Some say your risk might be very slightly increased. At any rate, it's nothing to panic about. Your best bet is to act responsibly about your health - good diet, exercise, no smoking, little...

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      Sherry Ann, there's some disagreement about this in the scientific community. Most say there's no relationship between fibroadenomas and an increased risk for breast cancer. Some say your risk might be very slightly increased. At any rate, it's nothing to panic about. Your best bet is to act responsibly about your health - good diet, exercise, no smoking, little drinking, get a yearly mammogram, and report any breast changes lasting longer than a month to your doctor. Take care- PJH

    • sherry ann
      Jan. 13, 2011

      Thanks a lot. There are still remaining nodules in my two breasts that were not removed by my surgeon because they are not lobulated. What shall I do with them? Do you think they are fibroadenomas? If so, Do I need to go for a surgery again to get rid of them if they become lobulated? In my personal examination, they feel like the two that were...

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      Thanks a lot. There are still remaining nodules in my two breasts that were not removed by my surgeon because they are not lobulated. What shall I do with them? Do you think they are fibroadenomas? If so, Do I need to go for a surgery again to get rid of them if they become lobulated? In my personal examination, they feel like the two that were removed by my surgeon. Please help.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jan. 13, 2011

      Sherry, I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose your symptoms. There's no telling for sure if a lump is cancerous or not without doing a biopsy; but for women with fibroadenomas, it's not realistic to biopsy every lump, since there may be many. If your doctor thinks these are nothing to worry about, but you do - then best to get another opinion. Other than that,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Sherry, I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose your symptoms. There's no telling for sure if a lump is cancerous or not without doing a biopsy; but for women with fibroadenomas, it's not realistic to biopsy every lump, since there may be many. If your doctor thinks these are nothing to worry about, but you do - then best to get another opinion. Other than that, all you can do is notice and report any new lumps, or changes in existing lumps.

       

      Can you have every fibroadenoma removed? Yes, but it would probably leave your breast(s) misshapen. You need to decide just how stressed you're going to be over the situation. Remember, your chances of cancer are tiny, expecially if you're under 50. So try to stay positive, and let go of worry. If you find yourself worrying incessantly, then you may have to take further steps to improve the situation: some therapy might help you deal with this. Take care- PJH

  • summer
    Jul. 28, 2009

    This sounds alot like what I may have. My lump is not tender and does not hurt, otherwise it sounds like it fits this description. I was happy that it never hurts, but now I wish it did. Painless lump can usually mean a cancer -right? It is up near my skin and although it is very firm to push on it does have a little give to it when I push it to the left and...

    RHMLucky777

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    This sounds alot like what I may have. My lump is not tender and does not hurt, otherwise it sounds like it fits this description. I was happy that it never hurts, but now I wish it did. Painless lump can usually mean a cancer -right? It is up near my skin and although it is very firm to push on it does have a little give to it when I push it to the left and right, which I guess the breast tissue is helping it go back and forth, its not fluid filled like, but not hard like a raw carrot- just really firm(?). My 1st. Dr. appt. is Aug. 13th. Any other info or tips about my description before I go to my appt. I think would help a little. I do get a few on going but not constant pangs  near my arm pit and sometimes a light warm feeling but no other lumps. There is a small additional swelled area that did crop up overnight right close to the firm lump (the only real firm lump I have had now for a week or so)- not sure why there is an area thats feels a little swollen right next to this lump which is located on top of my breast. Thanks for listening, Summer.

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jul. 28, 2009

      A painless lump isn't usually cancer, Summer; in fact, lumps are rarely cancer, there are so many other things they can be, luckily. Even if you have a biopsy, about 85% of biopsies are negative. More than that, I can't tell you - too many variables. Stay positive - when you see the doc, I'm sure you'll get a thorough examination. Till then - be well. PJH

    • summer
      Jul. 28, 2009

      Thanks for the info.! I read and hear so much about cancer lumps not hurting it just got me wondering. Summer.

  • Edie Ann
    Jun. 30, 2009
    i have read your article and it helpful. but reading about it made me worry more. this pain i have is very painful and i have taken pain medication but nothing helps. it hurts even when i walk and when i lay on my left side.and the hard part is i have no medical insurance, so its taking me longer to see the doctor, but i am hoping i see the doctor this wednesday....
    RHMLucky777
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    i have read your article and it helpful. but reading about it made me worry more. this pain i have is very painful and i have taken pain medication but nothing helps. it hurts even when i walk and when i lay on my left side.and the hard part is i have no medical insurance, so its taking me longer to see the doctor, but i am hoping i see the doctor this wednesday. But thank you i will Continue to check my lump on my breast.
    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Jun. 30, 2009

      Well, keep in mind, breast cancer is nearly always painles - so in this case, pain is a good sign. Sounds like you could have a very painful cyst, or perhaps even an infection... Good luck, hope you can see the doctor soon to get some relief. PJH

  • MsMary
    May. 15, 2009

    Hello,

    My name is Mary Davis and I suffered with cysts for about 6-8 years, which I thought were cysts, because everytime I asked about them, the doctor always said it was because I was on my menstrual but after a couple of years checking, the cyst stayed and did not go away.  So please check monthly and if it stays and start to change shape, get...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello,

    My name is Mary Davis and I suffered with cysts for about 6-8 years, which I thought were cysts, because everytime I asked about them, the doctor always said it was because I was on my menstrual but after a couple of years checking, the cyst stayed and did not go away.  So please check monthly and if it stays and start to change shape, get it checked early.  I was lucky. Keep checking monthly when you get your menstrual but do not ignore it and do not let the doctor tell you that it is only a cyst, if you think it needs to be checked by a mammogram get one.  Better to be safe than sorry.

    Mary

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      May. 15, 2009

      Good advice, Mary. Cysts can usually be ruled in or out via an ultrasound, so make sure you have that test if you suspect a cyst. A followup mammogram may be necessary, too. PJH

    • MsMary
      May. 17, 2009

      True but my lump was up above my breast in my chest walls and a regular mammogram or breast exam would of not have even detected it.  So ladies, any changes in your breast please get it checked.