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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, especially the right one, so I went to the doctor. She said I have “fibrocystic changes,” and it’s nothing to worry about. I’m glad it’s not cancer, but what is it? A. Fibrocystic changes (FCC), also known as fibrocystic breasts, are the most common benign condition of the breast, occurring in about 50% of women at some point during their lives. Highly influenced by reproductive hormones and the menstrual cycle, FCC is most often found in women under the age of 50. Post-menopausal women rarely experience FCC. Your breasts are made up of fat; glandular tissue (e.g., milk lobules and milk ducts); and fibrous (stromal) tissue, a connective tissue (akin to scar tissue or lig...
Definition Fibrocystic breast disease is a commonly used phrase to describe painful, lumpy breasts. The word "disease" makes women worry that their breasts are abnormal, but this is not really a disease. Some health care providers use the phrase "fibrocystic change" because it sounds less worrisome to the patient. Alternative Names Mammary dysplasia; Diffuse cystic mastopathy; Benign breast disease Causes, incidence, and risk factors During a woman's menstrual cycle, the breasts are affected by hormones made in the ovaries. These hormones can cause the breasts to feel swollen, lumpy, and painful. After menopause , these changes in the breasts usually stop happening. There is no definite cause of painful, lumpy breasts. Some women feel that eating chocolate, drinking caffeine, or eating a high-fat diet can cause their symptoms, but there is no clear proof of this. Fibrocystic changes in the breast with the menstrual cycle affect over half of women, and most commonly start during their 30s. Wome...
Armpit discomfort, including pain, swelling, and a feeling of fullness or numbness, can happen after the following surgeries to treat breast cancer:
lymph node removal
Some of the nerves in your armpit may be cut during surgery, which can cause numbness. If your surgeon had to move around some of the tissue under the surface of your skin, the area may feel tender and swollen.
Your armpit skin is close to your breast, so during radiation your armpit may get irritated and sore while you're being treated. In addition to the radiation, your arm rubbing back and forth on the skin, along with the sweat and hair that's there can make the area more irritated than your breast.
Managing armpit discomfort
Use cornstarch instead of deodorant or antiperspirant to reduce friction of your arm rubbing on the skin. For easy application, put some cornstarch into a thin sock or knee-high and tie a knot at the top. Tap the sock gently against your skin.
Avoid strong soaps, antip...
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