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Q: difference between fibrocystic lumps and lumps to worry about/get checked out?

But how do you tell the difference between fibrocystic lumps and lumps to worry about/get checked out?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/29/09 4:56pm

Jane, did you read our fibrocystic change FAQS? That really tells you a lot about fibrocystic change, including how to feel the difference between fibrocystic-type lumps, cysts, and possible tumors (benign or not). Please write again if you have questions after reading that... PJH

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/29/09 8:43pm

Jane, after you've read the info that PJ recommends, you'll have a better idea of the difference.  However, one of the problems for women with lots of cysts is assuming that every new lump is a cyst.  Some cysts change size over the course of a menstrual cycle, and you can ignore those.  But you'll need to let a doctor check out any that don't change.  An ultrasound can usually positively identify a cyst.  It's only solid lumps that need biopsies, and even most of those turn out to be benign.

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jane, Community Member
7/16/09 11:50am

It's hard to tell if the lumps change size, because they're rope-like and not round.  I do notice, however, that I get some pain in that area about a week before my period.

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