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Lump in my breast- should I be worried?
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Lynn0488 posted:
About 2 months or so ago, I felt a lump in my left breast...it hurts when it is touched so it is hard for me to estimate a size, but it is maybe about the size of a nickel. ?When it didnt go away, I went to my obgyn...she felt fibroid changes in both breasts (which I assume is normal??) and said she felt two lumps in the left breast...the one I had felt before (her reaction was "yep...definitely have something going on there") and then a smaller one below it (that I still can't feel myself). ?

She wrote me a referral and a week later I went and had a sonogram done and a?mammogram. ?The doctor who looked at those results told me that nothing showed up in either, and that was the end of it. ?

I was?relieved?that nothing showed up and that doctor said I was good to go, however I still don't know what this lump is...it's now been about another month gone by, and the lump is still there and I feel like it hurts a little more and may be a little bigger (though I don't know if it really is or if I'm being paranoid). ? ?

What could this be or what should I do? ?I am only 24 years old, and both docs said I should probably not worry about it...I know breast cancer in people my age is uncommon, though I know it has happened. ?I don't believe breast cancer runs is in my family (at least not in my parents or grandparents...that's as far back as I know).

I don't want to keep going to doctors if it is nothing, but at the same time it worries me because this is definitely not normal for me...I am 100% certain there is?something?there and it is painful. ?What should I do, and what could it be? ?I don't know what it could be that wouldn't have showed up on the sonogram or?mammogram.

Thanks!
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judyfams responded:
First of all I think that there is no price on peace of mind, and that is what you need at this time.

I am sorry that this has happened to you, but I would suggest that you need to have this checked out by another doctor. The pain could be tied into your monthly cycle and due to hormones, but you need to check this out. There are other tests like an ultrasound or breast MRI that can be done, or blood tests to check your hormone levels.

I would find a breast cancer center in your area, you can call the mammo facility and ask them for a list of hospitals with breast cancer centers and a list of breast cancer surgeons. In fact you ob/gyn should also have a list of breast surgeons in your area too.

You need to go to a breast specialist/surgeon and get to the bottom of this. You should not have to worry about this at your age.

I wish you much good luck.

Judy
 
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MaureensMission responded:
Hello Lynn, when I read your post, I had to reply, my name is Bill, founder of Maureens Mission, my wife was misdiagnosed by her doctors, they told her that there was nothing to worry about, after negative mammogram and ultrasound, another doctor told her the same, do not worry come back in a year, my wife tells everyone her in goodbye video what she would have done with her life if she had lived, to make sure what happened to her does not happen to you. Most experts agree you should have follow up in one or two months to make sure your breast lump is rechecked, resolved or have a biopsy. You probally will be fine, but you need to know that delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis of a womens breast lump can be serious, sometimes fatal, but most often preventable.
 
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sadblossom responded:
Hello Lynn,
Lynn, most DEFINETELY go to breast center. It sounds like they are not giving your situation the attention it deserves because you are so young. But the BC beast does strike the young also. Find a breast center as soon as you can that will do more extensive testing. There are other ways to diagnose your lumps.And do not be afraid to do so.As we all say here...........WHEN IN DOUGHT,CHECK IT OUT! And this definetely needs to be checked out. Please do not just sit there and worry. You may get all worry free answers but please go get those answers. And if it is something they need to take care of they will.Do not be concerned about how many doctors you see. Who cares, this is not being paranoid, this is being 'responsible' for your own life. Breast cancer has not been in my family either until I got it.
Lynn, sometime cancer tumors do not show up in our mammos. More times than not they do, but it has been known to happen.So PLEASE get it checked further.
Let us know. And please return to ask questions anytime.
God Bless!
Pat~sadblossom
 
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0910faith responded:
Lynn,
I think you should go back to your PCP and request that
you be sent for a biopsy.
I to felt a lump and had a Mammogram and ultra sound
and the Radiologist thought it was nothing. I went to my
PCP and she said to watch. I went back to her and it
had grown larger (two lumps same breast. She sent me
to the surgeon. He also said it didn't show on the tests
but he would take the lumps out. They scheduled the
appt. at the surgery center. One week later I went back for
followup. It was Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. He then scheduled me for Lumpectomy. I did that on Feb 10, 2011.
Went back again and the said there was a small piece
still there. Now I have visited the Med. Oncologist and
Rad Oncologist and I made an appointment with the
surgeon on 3/22/11 for Mastectomy Consult. Age doesn't
make a difference. Go with your gut feeling and protect you.
I do want to mention I didn't have any pain. with the
lumps I did feel. It could be ok but you need to have
peace of mind. I had a cousin who died at 28 of BC.
I'll say a prayer for you.
faith
 
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jenna291 replied to 0910faith's response:
Lynn, PLEASE get another opinion. I also felt my own lump which did not show on a mammogram and was told it was nothing to be concerned about as my breasts are dense and were a bit extra "lumpy" before my periods. When it didn't go away and I insisted on checking it further, I had a needle biopsy and it turned out cancerous. Prayerfully, because of your age, your lump may not cancerous, but better to be safe now and advocate for your own health. I also have no history of this disease, and I think because o that sometimes people who are otherwise "healthy" can fall thru the cracks. I dread to think what would have happened had I not had that biopsy, as it turned out to be stage II invasive bc for me.
Please let us know your progress. You are in my prayers for a good outcome.
Jenna
 
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JLAMB26 responded:
I would definitely get a 2nd opinion. Just after giving birth to my 2nd child, I noticed what I thought was a cyst in my breast and mentioned it to my OB at my 6 week post partum check-up. I was not at all concerned since I am relatively young. But, I was so fortunate to have a serious of smart, strong women who insisted I get further testing (my OB, the Radiologist and the Surgen who I was sent to for a consultation). The ultrasound showed nothing, the mamogram was inconclusive but the biospy showed cancer cells. Fast forward 8 months later and I just finished my last chemo treatment after a mastectomy and am doing great. I'm not trying to scare you but your peace of mind and health is so important. If you are even a little uncomfortable with what you are being told, speak up and get a 2nd opinion. I'm sending positive thoughts your way! Jennifer
 
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rachael67 replied to JLAMB26's response:
Good advice, Jennifer..and congratulations on finishing the chemo!

blessings.
Rachael
Just when the caterpillar thought her world was over, she became a butterfly! Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!!
 
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samrenfro replied to rachael67's response:
I know we all sound like a broken record, but here is my story. I had a normal mammogram in August. In late October I noticed a lump on my left breast. I went to my OB/GYN and she sent me to a surgical oncologist. They did an ultrasound, another mammogram, a needle biopsy and they were all negative. Fortunately, my surgeon didn't stop there. She scheduled a surgical biopsy and a week later I found out that I had stage II invasive lobular cancer. I didn't have clean margins - so she scheduld an MRI and an ultrasound on my nodes. On Feburary 9th I underwent a partial mastectomy/reconstrution and reduction of the other breast. The results were great - clean margins and no sign of cancer in my breast or lymph nodes. I actually go to the Medical Oncologist today to find out what my treatment is going to be going forward. Good luck to you and listen to the folks that have been there.
 
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Sharlyn17 replied to samrenfro's response:
PLEASE, please go see another Dr.!!
I seen a doctor 2 years ago about a lump in my breast, which also came back clean on a mammogram. When I told this doctor that the lump hurt, his reply was ... Breast Cancer does not hurt.... Oh was he wrong!!!
Fast forward 2 years, and here I am. I was diagnosed Dec. 10th with invasive breast cancer. Had a bi-lateral mastectomy with chemo and radiation to follow, as I was stage 3A due to the size of my tumor. It also spread to my lymph nodes.
I don't want to scare you, and I pray that it isnt cancer, but please go see another doctor! I think to myself all the time that if the Dr. I had seen 2 years ago had been better and more thorough, that maybe my cancer would not have spread and maybe I wouldnt have to go through chemo and radiation.
Be your own advocate, don't take no for an answer and keep pushing the doctor until you get a definite answer.
"When in doubt, check it out".....
 
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Lynn0488 replied to Sharlyn17's response:
Thank you everyone for the responses! ?I am following up...Im hoping its nothing serious, but i don't want to risk it being serious and then have to live with the fact I could have done something about it.

As an update, I went back to my obgyn 4 days ago and she still felt the lump and agreed we need to have it looked at again...she said its about 2cm in size which I think is pretty large ?

Since the sonogram and mammogram both came back w/ nothing she has referred me to a breast surgeon and the surgeon will examine it and decide if she needs to do a biopsy. ?I have that appointment scheduled for May 6th (earliest I could get it).

Thanks for everyone's support! ?I never thought I'd have to worry about breast cancer this early in my life but I'd rather be safe than sorry!


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