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June 10, 2004


Breast Health

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

A benign but frightening condition that affects

more than 30 percent of American women is fibrocystic breast disease,

a non-cancerous condition characterized by round lumps that move

freely within the breast tissue. These lumps are usually tender

to the touch and can often become more painful as menstruation approaches.

Often the cysts will fill with fluid and can enlarge premenstrually

in response to the increase in hormone levels during this time.

(In contrast, a cancerous growth is not tender or does not move

freely when touched.)

The main hormones implicated in the worsening of breast symptoms

premenstrually include estrogen and prolactin, the milk-release

hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. Dietary factors have also

been implicated. With time, the cysts may become chronically inflamed

and surrounded by fibrous tissue that can harden and thicken the

cysts. Many women have lingering concerns about what the cysts may

become—and if their doctor is concerned, he will perform a

surgical biopsy.

Read More on Breast Health:

Getting Started

Breast Cancer

Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

Fibrocystic Disease

Keep it SIMPLE tip — Exercise Lowers Breast Cancer


Nutritional Therapies

Change your Lifestyle

Caffeine: Friend or Foe

Soy Controversy

Complementary Therapies

Primavera Recipe

Oxygen Therapy and Oxidants



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