Hi, Trishy. I'm glad you're seeing the surgeon. You've had lots of "warning!" flags, and I don't think a needle biopsy takes enough tissue to assure a "benign" finding with as many "question marks" as you have. Atypical cells are not cancer, but have obviously undergone cellular changes. If those cells continue to change and proliferate, then they could, theoretically, become cancer. Or they could die off rather than multiply, and then you would revert back to "normal" cells. ( I had atypical cells on my PAPs for a couple of years, then they progressed to dysplasia, and then they reverted back to normal... PAPs have been normal for several years now... who knows why!) At one time, there was a lot of discussion about a procedure called "ductal lavage," which draws ductal cells out of the nipple with suction, in order to follow atypical cell changes in the breast... (kind of a "PAP smear" of the breast ducts). I haven't heard much about it lately, but if your surgical biopsy findings are the same (atypical), then it would be something to ask your doctor about.
If they were to find any cancer in the surgical biopsy, it sounds like you have been diligent in getting your mammograms, so that is a big "plus" for you as far a catching things early.
With no family history, I can imagine that this is a big shock for you to be dealing with all of this. My mom passed away from cancer at 45, so it was always in the back of my mind, that I could have it, too, but when I was diagnosed at 36, I thought the world was crashing in on me, nonetheless. I wish I'd had "HealingWell" back then. I knew no one with breast cancer, and I felt like I just didn't have anyone I could talk to about all this stuff.
Right now, all you have are some red flags, and that ship could very well end up to be deserted! That's what we'll all be hoping for, anyway... positive thoughts. They aren't easy right now, but they're better than negative thoughts any day!
Hope this helps. Let us know when your biopsy is. We'll send out the "benign" mantra.
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker." --Charles Schulz