Health Condition

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

About This Condition

Fibrocystic breast disease (FBD) is a term given to a very common group of benign conditions affecting the breast in younger women.


Both breasts become tender or painful and lumpy, and these symptoms vary at different times in the menstrual cycle. Despite the fact that signs and symptoms of FBD appear to be quite distinct from textbook signs and symptoms of breast cancer, any lump in the breast should be diagnosed by a doctor to rule out the possibility of cancer.

Other Therapies

All women, including those with FBD, are encouraged to examine their breasts monthly and have regular medical evaluations, including mammograms after the age of 50.


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