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Benign Breast Conditions
Fibrocystic breast condition is among the most common benign (non-cancerous) breast condition, affecting over 50% of women at some time in their lives. This condition is most often seen in women between the ages of 30 and 50. The condition is related to a woman's menstrual cycle and therefore often disappears once a woman has reached menopause. Fibrocystic breasts are the most common cause of benign breast lumps in women.
Common signs of fibrocystic breast condition include:
- tender breasts
- lumpy breasts
- cysts (packets of fluid)
- areas of thickening
- fibrosis (scar like connective tissue)
- painful breasts
Fibrocystic breast condition does not leave a woman more at risk for developing breast cancer. Having fibrocystic breasts can, however, make it more difficult to find a breast lump, both in terms of breast examinations and breast imaging techniques.
The degree to which symptoms of the condition are experienced varies from woman to woman. Most fibrocystic lumps are found in the outer quadrant of the breast, near the armpit region; however, they can occur anywhere in the breast.
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