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What tools help monitor breasts with fibrocystic breast tissue?

Dr. Howard S. Smith
Pain Medicine Specialist

Regular breast examinations by a doctor are recommended as fibrocystic lumps can make breast cancer difficult to detect. Depending on the features of the lump, your doctor may order other diagnostic tests, such as an ultrasound of the breasts, a mammogram or even a tissue biopsy to help determine the cause.

Also, monthly self-examination of your breasts will help you to know how your breasts normally look and feel, and allow you to detect changes. Fibrocystic breast changes can feel lumpy, irregular or like tiny beads, usually in the upper quadrant of the breast (near your armpit).

Dr. Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgeon

The tools that help monitor breasts with fibrocystic disease include clinical exam, mammograms, ultrasounds and needle biospy for suspicious lesions. Any growth in a breast mass should be considered carefully for cancer and biopsied if necessary. Always consult with your physician for new breast lesions especially with postive family history of breast cancer.

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