Fibrocystic breast disease - Definition

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Fibrocystic breast disease is a generic term for various benign breast diseases, while excluding diseases of inflammatory origin. The fibrocystic breast diseases, usually painless, are common in women over 40 years old and most often affect both breasts simultaneously. Fibrocystic breast disease is diagnosed by feeling the presence of one or more denser areas of the breast on palpation; they are round, hard, and grainy as they are filled with one or more cysts which are not dangerous to the health. The fibrocysts often heal on their own, but when in doubt, a breast x-ray or ultrasound is used to remove one of cancerous origin. Breast cysts and fibrocystic disease are among the most frequent fibrocystic breast diseases.