Breast Cysts

What Causes Breast Cysts?

Breast cysts can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very minor' to 'very serious'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose breast cysts, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "breast cysts" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Stress
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Irregular Periods
  • Weakened Immune System
  • Vitamin E Need
  • Perimenopause
  • Lack Of Exercise
  • Need For Dietary Improvement

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
high omega-6 oil intake
cold sores
indoor allergies
high hydrogenated fat consumption
frequent bizarre dreams
iron supplementation
eating during sleep hours
bulimia
high systolic blood pressure
a high-stress lifestyle
recent oily hair
heavily coated tongue
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of breast cysts:
Cause Probability Status
Perimenopause 94% Confirm
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 28% Unlikely
Weakened Immune System 20% Unlikely
Lack Of Exercise 0% Ruled out
Irregular Periods 0% Ruled out
Stress 0% Ruled out
Need For Dietary Improvement 0% Ruled out
Vitamin E Need 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Female-Specific Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about breast cysts:
Have you had any breast cysts?
Possible responses:
→ Never had one / don't know
→ Probably had one/minor episode(s) now resolved
→ Major episode(s) now resolved
→ Current minor problem
→ Current major problem
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either history of cysts in breasts or cysts in breasts, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Consequences of Poor Diet

A diet high in meat, dairy, processed sugars and unhealthy fats has been implicated.

Constipation

Women who have less than three bowel movements a week increase the risk of cystic breasts by 400%.  Regular bowel movements help the body eliminate toxins more efficiently.

Fibrocystic Breast Disease

The most common cause of breast cysts is fibrocystic breast disease.

Inadequate Fiber Intake

Fibrocystic breast disease has been linked to constipation and to diets low in fiber.

Iodine Requirement

Iodine treatment has been shown to reduce breast pain and cyst size.  It is believed that iodine-deficient breast tissue starts a process in which small cysts develop and later harden.

Irregular Periods

Irregular Periods also suggests the following possibilities:

Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement

The liver is responsible for breaking down hormones.  If it is not fully functioning, estrogen can build up in the body and increase the risk of breast cysts.

Stress

Suppressed, emotional stress is linked to breast cysts.

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