From Mayo Clinic
Accessed: April 19, 2015
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. In fact, medical professionals have stopped using the term “fibrocystic breast disease” and now simply refer to “fibrocystic breasts” or “fibrocystic breast changes” because having fibrocystic breasts isn’t really a disease.
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. Breast symptoms tend to be most bothersome just before menstruation.
1. I have stopped using fibrocystic breast disease since 1981. I used “fibrocystic changes” or “fibrocystic breast changes”or “fibrocystic breast condition” especially those with pain.
2. I don’t regard fibrocystic breast changes as a disease. I regard it as a normal phenomenon.
3. I don’t regard fibrocystic breast changes as a risk for breast cancer.
4. I use the diagnostic label of “fibrocystic breast changes” and “normal breast findings” interchangeably after a physical examination of the breasts that do not reveal any dominant mass or any pathology.
5. I use the diagnostic label of “fibrocystic breast changes” and “normal breast findings” interchangeably in patients whose breast feels “lumpy” or “nodular” and in which the areas of thickening (lumpiness or nodularity) blend into the surrounding breast tissues. with or without generalized or localized breast pain or tenderness and especially if there is fluctuation in the size of the breast lumpiness.