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Benign breast disease

Updated: Wednesday, May 19,2010, 3:08:40 PM
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Benign breast disease is known by several names including:

    * lumpiness or generalized breast lumpiness
    * fibrocystic changes or fibrocystic disease
    * mammary dysplasia

Breast lumpiness, which is sometimes described as "ropy" or "granular," can often be felt in the area around the nipple and areola and in the upper-outer part of the breast. Such lumpiness may become more obvious as a woman approaches middle age and the milk-producing glandular tissue of her breasts increasingly gives way to soft, fatty tissue. Unless she is taking replacement hormones, this type of lumpiness generally disappears for good after menopause.

There are times when this condition becomes more noticeable. For example, during the menstrual cycle, many women experience swelling, tenderness and pain before and sometimes during their periods.  At the same time, one or more lumps or a feeling of increased lumpiness may develop because of extra fluid collecting in the breast tissue. Pregnancy also can bring changes.  During pregnancy, the milk-producing glands become swollen and the breasts may feel lumpier than usual. If you have any questions about how your breasts feel or look, talk to your healthcare provider .

that the majority of breast lumps are benign, that means they are not cancerous. Even so, it is important that any woman, who notices a lump or change in her breast, see her HCP. Although benign lumps rarely, if ever, turn into cancer, according to NCI, cancerous lumps can develop near benign lumps and can be hidden on a mammogram. Even if you have had a benign lump removed in the past, you cannot be sure any new lump is also benign.

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