I'm 40, when I did my mammogram I got a phone call to go back because because they need more images and they also did a sonogram of my breast. According to the results they found a persistent 4cm x 5cm ill-defined density retroareolar on my right breast. The impression is BI-RADS 4 with a 4B subdivision.
After the biopsy my doctor's nurse just called me and told me my doctor wants me to see a surgeon. This is base on the biopsy results: Bening fibroglandular breast tissue with fibrous mastopathy including cystic change, apocrine metaplasia, papillomatosis and intraductal hyperplasia of the usual type. I don't understand what this mean, the only good thing is that what ever it is, is benign. Can somebody explain this to me in plain english? I'll really appreciate it.
I agree with MK, the biopsy is not unnecessary. THey cannot TELL from films if the calcs are benign or not. They can speculate and make a medically educated opinion that may well be right...but without a biopsy, they cannot be sure of anything. What problems or complications might be caused from a biopsy? I am not saying everyone needs a biopsy...but it is the only way to tell for sure what's going on. Most of us that had breast cancer were asymptomatic. The pain and abnormal blood levels occur after the cancer has potentially spread to other parts of the body. I had an aggressive 2.5 cm tumor with no symptoms other than a palpable lump, dx'ed at age 30.
Just don't get complacent.