Daisy*, a 20-year-old actress living in Los Angeles, CA., remembers the day she discovered a painful, walnut-sized lump on the side of her left breast. "I was scared," she says. "I thought it was cancer." Daisy's gynecologist examined her and diagnosed her with fibrocystic breasts . Her lump was a benign, fluid-filled sac commonly known as a cyst. Over the next few months, Daisy's lump fluctuated in size, becoming noticeably larger and more painful right before her period. "I found that cutting out coffee and chocolate helped with the pain, but the bump didn't go away. I was worried," she says. Friendly Pains in the Boob According to William Parker, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCLA School of Medicine who is in private practice in Santa Monica, CA, an estimated 50 percent of all women have fibrocystic breasts, a condition caused when fluid accumulates in the glands, creating lumps and bumps. Among younger w...
The grass is always greener, and that goes for breast size as well. Breast anxiety can affect even the most confident women, as their befuddled boyfriends can attest. Most women aren't thrilled with what they've got. They want their breasts to be bigger, smaller, perkier, rounder, higher, lower, smoother, sexier, or a combination of the above. On their quest for the perfect breasts, they'll try just about anything short of standing on their heads and chanting. Because women, unlike say, KFC family meals ("I'd like a breast and two thighs, please"), are more than the sum of their parts, we'd like to offer the following suggestion: Instead of searching for a way to change your breasts, why not try to love yours for what they are? After all, beautiful boobs don't just come in one size or shape. Furthermore, there's no such thing as a perfect breast. It just seems that way from what's on display on TV and in the movies. "The truth is that st...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
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