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    KLMullan posted:
    Had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound today for a palpable lump, both of which were negative. They then said," but we would recommend you see a surgeon."
    We live in an area with limited resources and the surgeons are general surgeons. I do not know whether it is worth seeing the surgeon who would likely order an ultrasound guided biopsy/ suggest monitoring.
    Should I seek a center of excellence for breast health, or see the surgeon?
    (A little about myself: have no family history of breast cancer and have no history of cancer, myself. Had a hysterectomy 30 years ago and am now 70 years old, but in excellent health)
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    rachael67 responded:
    Did you ask why the recommendation for seeing a surgeon? Their reasoning might have been somewhere "outside the box"??? Never hesitate to ask all the questions you feel necessary...After all it is your body AND YOU are paying them!!

    Where I in your position, I think before a surgeon, I would definitely go to a breast care center for a 2nd opinion. (Make sure you bring the results of your exams as well as copies of any and all tests!) This will not only give you the opportunity to get the evaluation of a specialist in breast issues, but also to inquire with them about seeing a surgeon.

    Hopefully, by getting the input from another physician and then weighing what is said by both, you will be less stressed and more capable of making a wise choice.

    Please know I am sending good thoughts that soon you are not only out of limbo but get a good report as well. Keep us posted!

    Blessings.
    Rachael
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