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jessie_love posted:
About 2 weeks ago, I noticed a lump in my breast. It is not painful, but it does start to feel somewhat uncomfortable when I am wearing a bra. It has felt either more defined or larger in the past few days. My family has a history of breast cancer. I am 36, and I had an aunt who past away at the same age. I am getting pretty nervous about this, but I am needing to hold off on going to the dr. I don't have insurance right now, it starts in a month and a half. I am afraid that if I go now and it is cancer, that my insurance won't cover it because it is a pre-existing condition. Can waiting another month and a half really make that big of a difference?
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judyfams responded:
Normally I would say waiting 6weeks would probabky not be a problem, but with yiur family history I would see a breast sapecialist as soon as possible. Go to a breast center to make an appointment with someone who has expeeience with diseases of the breast. Since you do not have insurance right now -seeing a family doctor or your OB/GYN would not be the best thing to do. if you must spend money - spend it wisely on a breast specialist.
I would call NOW and make that initial appointment as soon as you can, and then work out payment schedules with that doctor. If that doctor wants a mammo or follow up tests, you can wait to schedule those until your insurance kicks in.
I know a dr. visit can be costly, but what price are you putting on your personal peace of mind???
I would encourage you to see a breast specialist as soon as possible to have some idea of what is going on. Chances are that if you call tomorrow you probably can't get an appointment for a while anyway.
Please let us know what you decide.
Good luck,
judy
 
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jenna291 replied to judyfams's response:
I too would encourage you to see a breast specialist as soon as you can. The diagnostic tests probably would not be set up for 4-6 weeks anyway and then you would be covered for those, but it would be good to get an initial evaluation for a good specialist. This is your health!

I believe insurance companies cannot discriminate if you do have a pre-existing condition.

Plese keep us posted on what you decide.

best to you,
Jenna
 
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jessie_love replied to jenna291's response:
Thank you both for your response. It sounds like wise advice. I haven't made an appointment yet. As much as I want to find out, I am afraid of finding out. I have 2 children, and it scares me. I am looking to see if I can find a breast specialist in my area, if I can't....I guess I may settle for an appt with my ob/byn. I will keep you posted. Thanks again!
 
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brcansur replied to jessie_love's response:
Jessie,
Hello, I would also have to agree with the other ladies that you really need to get that checked out now as soon as you can it is very important to try and find a breast care center or doctor. I too found my lump it started as a pinch under my breast I thought it was from my bra. Then it would do it even when I didn't have a bra on but I couldn't feel anything so I just kept an eye on it. well within a few weeks I could feel something there under my breast when doing my self exam in the shower I called my doctor that same morning and was in by that afternon for a mammo and then a ultrasound and a bio by mon due to it being fri. I had my results by wed and that is how it went for me. All of my test and exams were done at a breast care center most clinics now days have them or hospitals in bigger cities. Just look in your phone book. I wish you all the best but please get it checked out make that appt now because a lot of times it is going to take time to get in. Please feel free to come back with any questions or to just chat plus to let us know how you are doing and how you make out. Best of luck angel hugs Roberta,
Roberta
 
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