The nurse is caring for a 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.

Explanation

• 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 the cyclical hormone changes that the female reproductive system undergoes.

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

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