The nurse is caring for a 35-year-old patient with a history of fibrocystic disease of the breasts. Which of the following indicates that the patient understands the nature of this disorder?

Symptoms are more likely to occur before menses


•Before the onset of menses, women with fibrocystic breast disease usually experience worsening of symptoms such as breast lumps, tenderness, and possible nipple discharge. This is associated with cyclical hormone changes that the female reproductive system undergoes.

•Fibrocystic breast disorder is commonly used to describe painful, lumpy breasts. Hormones in the ovaries can be responsible for the swollen, lumpy, or painful breasts before or during monthly menstruation. However, fibrocystic breast changes do not increase your risk of breast cancer. The symptoms usually improve after menopause.

• The other options are all incorrect and do not describe the nature of fibrocystic breast disease.

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