Fibrocystic breasts are composed of tissue that feels lumpy or rope-like in texture. Doctors call this nodular or glandular breast tissue.It's not at all uncommon to have fibrocystic breasts. More than half of women experience fibrocystic breast changes at some point in their lives. Although breast changes categorized as fibrocystic breasts are normal, they can cause breast pain, tenderness and lumpiness especially in the upper, outer area of your breasts.
• Monthly increase in breast pain or lumpiness from midcycle (ovulation) to just before your period
Fibrocystic breast changes occur most The doctor checks for unusual areas by visually and manually examining your breasts and the lymph nodes located in your lower neck and underarm area. If doctor detects a breast lump or unusual thickening in your breast tissue, you need to have a mammogram an X-ray exam to evaluate a specific area of concern in your breast. An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of your breasts and is often performed along with a mammogram. Women younger than age 30 might have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram because ultrasound can better evaluate dense breast tissue or a breast biopsy is a procedure to remove a small sample of breast tissue for microscopic analysis. 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.
The estimated figures for the prevalence of fibrocystic breast changes in women over lifetime vary widely in the literature, with estimates ranging from about 30 to 60 % over about 50 to 60 %to about 60 to 75% of all women. The condition is most common among women between 30 and 50 years of age.