I'm 45 years old, and I found a lump in my breast 2 months ago. After a few weeks, I saw my family doctor as it didn't go away, and once she felt the lump, I was referred to our major hospital woman's breast center, where I saw the specialist 2 weeks ago. I just returned from the mammogram and ultrasound that the doctor scheduled to confirm his diagnosis of fat necrosis. Apparently that is not the problem after all and I'm now scheduled for a biopsy. I'm keeping positive that it is most likely a benign mass, but I was wondering if there's a certain "feel" to tumours? This specialist was very certain it was fat necrosis and seemed rather surprised that it wasn't.
I have a high incidence of breast and ovarian cancer in my family including my mother (ovarian) and both my maternal grandmother and great-grandmother with breast cancer. My grandmother on my dad's side had ovarian cancer too. I've been curious if I should be requesting genetic testing, even if this lump hopefully turns out to be benign. I sort of wonder if it's better to know, or just worry every time something goes wrong with your breast if this is the time?? What are the opinions of others out there???
I've had previous simple cysts, a rash that was unexplained, previously investigated nipple discharge and so far (touch wood) I've been fortunate and have had non-cancerous reasons for my breast problems. My fingers and toes are crossed again, but any advise would be welcome.