Suspicious Breast Density

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Denda
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   Posted 6/4/2006 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All -
Brand new to the forum.  I've been reading alot of the related forums to breast cancer and decided that I can get some honest, first hand opinions and advice here.  I've been trying to read up about all of this breast density cancer connection, but I haven't really read much on anyone stating that they were diagnosed with breast density and it turned out to be cancer, but of course I'm a little worried about the dx.
 
A couple months ago I found a large lump which I thought was in my rt breast.  I watched it for a couple months and to me it seemed to get larger, I called the dr which then scheduled a mammogram after feeling the lump and decided to schedule a bi-lateral mammo for a baseline since both my breasts are extremly lumpy.  The mammogram on the rt didn't pick it up, but it is palable (sp?). The radiologist suggested an ultrasound since the lump was so close to my chest wall.  The ultrasound technician stated all she could pick up was large muscle tissue and it looks as though maybe a portion of my chest muscle tissue has 'popped out of place'.  I was OK with that explanation and was waiting for my dr appointment for his final word on it. 
 
Now with all of that background... I rec'd a call last week from the dr's office stating my left breast came back with suspicious density and scheduled an ultrasound for me tomorrow.  I was trying to find pics on the internet of what cancer looks like in an ultrasound since I can only find pics on a mammo.  From what I am reading density is common and adds to the risks of cancer, but I can't find anything that states that someone had suspicious density and it turned out to be cancer, so I'm worried but not that worried, but then I wonder if I just don't know what to look for. 
 
I am I just being a nervous ninny?

Tavish
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   Posted 6/4/2006 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
It's hard not to get nervous in this situation...but trust me, it does not help matters...try to remain calm. How old are you? Lumpy and dense breasts can be pretty common in younger women. My palpable tumor was not visible on my mammogram at age 30 but was clearly visible on my ultrasound as cancer. They mentioned irregular shape, irregular density of the tumor (not the breast) and irregular borders. Those are typical for cancer. It may have nothing to do with the density of the breast. And I am not sure that density and lumpy are always correlated, it may just be a coincidence in your case.

You are right on the money to pursue this and hopefully it is all nothing. Be your own best advocate, and I'd suggest getting copies of all your reports for your own records.

Lori


Denda
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   Posted 6/5/2006 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Tavish! This morning was interesting to say the least. I went to the hospital with all intentions of having an ultrasound like the dr's office said, but then the test scheduled was actually a compression mammo. OUCH! :o) The mammo tech showed me my previous mammogram and the suspicious area, which from seeing that, I can see why I was in there at that time. A big white patch on the whole upper left quadrant of my breast. She told me that the compression mammo should make whatever is in that patch 'pop out' for the mammo to detect, or IF there is nothing in that patch, it will continue to show nothing defined. So, I was shooting for nothing's gonna 'pop out', after the check by the radiologist, the mammo tech came back in and said 'it popped right out and the radiologist said that's what we're looking for, your Dr. will talk to you on Wednesday about the results'. Stupid me, she must have thought I was nuts, because I said 'oh thank goodness', got dressed and walked out. As I called my husband to tell him the 'good news', he comprehended it a different way, as something is there, that's what 'popped out' and more than likely I had my mind set to hear nothing is there and I totally heard what I wanted to hear and not what was said...... UGH.. I should have went back to the hospital and asked her to elaborate, but I didn't. So, I'll wait until Wednesday for my Dr's appt and find out then.

I guess if this saga continues I'll learn along the way what to claify before I leave.

That's a really good idea to keep copies of the reports. Each time I've had something done on these issues in the last few weeks, they state they will send me the reports, however, every report I have rec'd doesn't say anything but unconclusive. I'll ask my Dr about them on Wed too. Oh yeah, I'm 38. Thanks again.

Tavish
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   Posted 6/5/2006 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Denda, sounds like you had a tough morning.  Yes, you can get copies of the radiologists reports, although it takes a few days to get read, dictated and in the record. I have all mine from back in the day...but now I do not get my mammo reports, just get the all clear letter....

Keep us posted!

Lori



Ellewoo
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   Posted 6/5/2006 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi

I usually post on the anxiety forum but,  I have also been going through baseline mammos and ultrasounds.  I did all of the compression tests and an ultrasound for a cyst and then they saw something solid vs. hemorrage that they want to check again in 3 months. 

The big thing is now that you have a baseline,  which I didn't either at 44 shame on me...

don't ever neglect it  and freak out  there is a good book by Suzanne Weed called

"Breast health! Breast Cancer?"   Hope this helps 

Colleen


Denda
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   Posted 6/7/2006 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again.

I went to see my Dr this morning and rec'd the following information. Left breast (density issue) is extremely fiborous, but checked out OK. I guess the compression mammo sees if the lump or in my case the density 'squishes', if it does, then it's a cyst, if it does not, it's a solid tumor. Mine squished, yay! :o)

On the lump behind my rt breast closer to my chest wall, my Dr, another Dr, and two radiologists feel I should have a biopsy done to determine exactly what it is. I go to the surgeon for an eval next Tuesday. I'll report more after that.

postal2
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   Posted 6/7/2006 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Denda, I am glad to here the one is a cyst! Also happy to hear you have on the ball Drs that are biopsying the one on the chest wall. Hope that one turns out good for you too! Hang in there. I think the waiting is the hardest part!
Let us know how it goes!
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross


Denda
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   Posted 12/29/2006 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm so sorry, I forgot to let everyone know what happened with this. I'm posting on another forum now and realized I still had this one open. The surgeon doesn't feel that it needs to be biopsied. He thinks it's just a muscle that has gotten hard and rigid, ( why?, who knows? ) I'm being watched and will have another mammo in March to make sure nothing has changed, but from my monthly exams it hasn't changed. I'm OK with that for now, but they know I keep a pretty good watch on my monthly self breast exams so anything new comes up, I'm all over it.

Thanks for the support!
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