What is the outlook for fibrocystic breast changes?

Fibrocystic breast changes are benign and not harmful to the patient. However, it is very important than any growth in the breasts is evaluated immediately to determine if it is cancerous. Women with some kinds of fibrocystic breast changes are at higher risk of cancer. Your doctor can advise and monitor you if this is the case.

Any woman who has new growths appear in the breast should have them evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/09/2014.


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