Fibrocystic Breast Condition (cont.)

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Are there any dietary or life style factors associated with fibrocystic breast condition?

Caffeine has been implicated as contributing to both the symptoms and scarring (fibrocystic) changes in fibrocystic breast condition. However, when the scientific evidence is reviewed, the results are conflicting, and no firm benefit of caffeine restriction has been scientifically established. Additionally, there appears to be no evidence that caffeine increases the risk of breast cancer. However, in women with fibrocystic breast condition, it might still be worth a trial of caffeine restriction. (Note that coffee is not the only source of caffeine. Tea, chocolate, and certain soft drinks also contain caffeine.) There is no harm in trying caffeine avoidance, and there may some fibrocystic breast condition patients who report that it's beneficial.

At this time, there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence that dietary and hormonal factors can affect fibrocystic breast condition and its associated risk of breast cancer. Still, a firm association between dietary factors and fibrocystic breast condition has not been established.

REFERENCES:

American Cancer Society. Breast cancer detection.

MedscapeReference. Breast abscess and masses.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/16/2014

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