What Is Fibrocystic Disease?

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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


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During a woman's menstrual cycle, the breasts are affected by...

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