Hi Wonderwoman...I saw your post about breast lumps

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Tavish
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   Posted 3/12/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
(Buried in kiwi's thread)...thought I'd start a new one for ya.
None of us here are doctors, but what I can tell you is that no one can tell what the lump is without really looking at it. That means ultrasound, mammography and possobly a biopsy. Try to relax though, 80% of breast lumps are benign. Primarily, people our age get cysts tht are fluid filled and can change with the time of month. Fribroadenomas are benign solid tumors, that sometimes are removed by surgery. While I am guessing that the tumor itself does not change with your cycle, the texture and density of your breast tissue may change, causing you to feel it differently.

The mammogram should be offered, but in my case, at age 30, the mammogram was not an effective tool. The ultrasound showed malignancy, but we are all different and one test may or may not show something in different people. They say "moveable" is a good sign, but in my case it meant nothing.

Do not let them dismiss you "because you are too young." I was 30 when diagnosed and we have had gals here diagnosed in their 20's.

Most likely this is nothing, but absolutely has to be checked out. Make sure you have sufficeint evidence, not just a nurse's opinion, that says it is nothing. Keep us posted...
Lori


Wonderwoman
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   Posted 3/13/2006 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Tavish
Very nice of you to reply and to give me my own thread so to speak!

I am just back from the nurse, who was alarmed at the lump, so I am being referred to the clinic to see the doc. I have to wait for an appointment by post... which kills me, I wish I could get it seen to NOW!!!!

It has totally affected me, I feel like I have become irritable and I could blow a fuse at the slightest thing...

Thank you for reminding me of the statistics, your imagination can run away with you at a time like this.

My friend, like I mentioned, had breast cancer, she was in her early twenties, I felt her lump and it feels similiar to mine! arrrrrgh! Maybe all lumps feel the same at the end of the day...

Will keep you posted, did you have a lump in your breast also?

Wonderwoman
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   Posted 3/13/2006 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Also, can I just add to my post...

The nurse said I would have to wait til I hear by post when I can have an appointment at the clinic with a doctor...

I was not told how long I have to wait (and I didn't think to ask), is it ok to wait? or should I try to get seen as soon as poss? I am in London, but if I fly back to my country, I could arrange a biopsy (or a mammo or what ever it is i need) pretty much right away.

I guess I am just wondering if it's bad for me to wait, i mean is the lump going to get bigger etc... I am sorry for my ignorance on the matter!!

What's the doc going to do only feel the lump and agree with me that i need to get a biopsy! Seems like a waste of time, it's obvious that this lump is something that needs to be examined...

Thanks in advance

jaaustin
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   Posted 3/13/2006 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you. While waiting a few weeks is probably not going to change anything, if you are just waiting to have the doctor tell you it needs to be looked at, why not get the ball rolling?

As Lori said, 80% of lumps are benign, but you are smart to pursue this to a 100% conclusion. Don't ever "wait & see".

Good luck to you. Please continue to ask us any questions you have.

Julie
Do not go gentle into that goodnight,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
~Dylan Thomas


Wonderwoman
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   Posted 3/13/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Well apparently I can't get a biopsy or mammogram without a referral from a Doctor. In hindsight, I suppose I should have made the doctor my first port of call, not the nurse. Anyway, I will wait and try to keep it in perspective. I keep thinking of that 80%!

This experience has made me think of all the women out there who have breast cancer, I can't say that I know what it feels like but I can imagine it a little, it takes one hell of a strong woman to deal with such a disease.

I have nothing but admiration
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