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Pain in both breast. Diagnosed fibrocystic disease. Any relation to breast cancer?

Hello. am 23 years old.I was been said that fibrocystic disease.I have pain in both breast. I want to know that if fibrocystic disease have any relation to breast cancer?and what is fibrocystic disease.I have done x-ray , mammogram , ultra sound scan.in ultra sound scan reported that both mammary glands show mild fibroadenotic changes of parenchyma
Fri, 4 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,
Welcome to HCM,
You are having Fibrocystic disease og breast, in which lumps are present and they can be painful or tender this discomfort may change with changes in hormone level during periods.
These are non cancerous in nature so please do not worry.
You have already done mammography and sonography, and they also support your diagnosis.
You should be examined by a Surgeon who can palpate typical cobble stone type in upper and outer quadrant.
If there are any suspicious lump then only a fine needle biopsy or nipple fluid aspitration is done to rule out malignant lesion.
Risk of cancer is there but very small fraction, only thing sometime it may be difficult to diagnose in presence of fibrocystic disease.
For pain local or systemic analgesic may be used and treatment option are few but may be dopamine agonist and progestins.
Take care
Good luck

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Oncologist Dr. Indranil Ghosh's  Response
Hi
Thanks for writing in.
Fibrocystic disease is a benign disorder found in many young females. It is due to hormonal influences and result in areas of fibrosis interspersed with small cysts (fluid filled enlarged ducts). It is NOT cancerous and mostly resolve with time or become less problematic.
Just do periodic checkup with your doctor.
Best wishes.
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