Classification and its meaning
Depending on the extent of the changes in the breast tissue, one divides the mastopathy in grade I to grade III. With increasing remodeling of the tissue increases the risk that a malignant neoplasm arises from originally benign changes. This classification serves primarily to be able to make a certain statement about just this risk.
Spread of mastopathy
Only about one out of every ten women has grade III mastopathy. Although this is rather rare, it is problematic in that women with this finding have a significantly increased risk of breast cancer. Another difficulty and fear of those affected is that a malignant change due to the highly altered breast tissue can not be detected in time. Therefore, the diagnosis of grade III mastopathy can be a great emotional burden for a woman.
However, women with a simple mastopathy do not have to worry about breast cancer, this is more about dealing with their own body image and the need for those affected to consider these changes in themselves as "normal".
Therapy and treatment
Some women are completely unaffected by these benign changes, others are at least temporarily severely affected by the changes in their quality of life. Then, the mastopathy can not be treated in itself, but the resulting discomfort. If the investigations have shown that no malignant event hides behind the breast changes, there is the possibility to treat the mastopathy with medicines. Hormone preparations are used here.
Also successfully used are herbal remedies (especially chasteberry or cream with broom), homeopathic preparations (eg Phytolacca) or Schüßler salts. Even a small, if weak, consolation: After the menopause, the symptoms as a result of the hormone change as good as ever.
Prevention and prevention
Women affected by mastopathy should periodically scan their breasts to become familiar with the existing changes. The best time is once a month after the menstrual period. Furthermore, it makes sense to regularly take the check-up at the gynecologist, which also includes a palpation of the breast. And women who are worried about a pronounced mastopathy can also find competent contact persons in so-called breast centers.