Fibrocystic breast changes are a very common benign breast condition characterized by thickening, lumps and cysts (fluid-filled sacs) in the breast tissues. Fibrocystic breast changes are also called fibrocystic breast disease. This name is misleading because it is not a disease and women who have fibrocystic breast changes do not have “abnormal” breasts.
Symptoms: • Breast lumps or areas of thickening that tend to blend into the surrounding breast tissue • Generalized breast pain or tenderness • Fluctuating size of breast lumps • Green or dark brown nonbloody nipple discharge that tends to leak without pressure or squeezing • Changes that occur in both breasts, rather than just one • Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness from midcycle (ovulation) to just before your period Treatments: Fine-needle aspiration and Surgical excision. • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or prescription medication. • Oral contraceptives, which lower the levels of cycle-related hormones linked to fibrocystic breast changes. Fibrocystic breasts can be uncomfortable.
Female breast cancer cases diagnosed in china (Hong Kong) has tripled from 1,152 in 1993 to 3,508 in 2012. On average, about 9 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day. • The median age of breast cancer patients was 54 in Hong Kong (China), compared with the age of 61 in the US, 62 in Australia and 50 in Singapore. • Lifetime breast cancer risk for females is 1 in every 17. In 2012, 57% of the women diagnosed with breast cancer were aged 40-59. The older the age, the greater the risk. • Young people are not immune from the disease. The youngest case reported was below 20 years old.