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Azia Monae
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   Posted 12/16/2006 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everywon-
 
I have been online for the past few hours looking for information on dimples in breasts. I went to the doctors office Thursday about a new dimple I noticed on the outside of my left breast. When I first saw it I just thought it was a bruise from my bra, but it never went away and When I put on my bra it isn't exactly in the same spot as the wire. My doctor has referred me for a mammo and ultrasound if necessary but they claim that they can't get me in until January 2  confused   I think this sounds crazy especially if it is something it would seem logical to get it confirmed (or discounted) as soon as possible. so since I am left sitting here milling over the "what if's", I was wondering if anyone else out there has experienced dimpling like this and what did it turn out to be???
 
Thanks for any help any one can give...
 
 

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/17/2006 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
How old are you, do you usually wear underwires, and is there a lump underneath the dimpling???

BEV

lemonz
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   Posted 12/17/2006 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Is there a lot of dimpling or just the one spot? Do you have any discoloring? You say bruise and then dimple and I am not sure what it is. If you can, could you clear that up? I have had both to the point where my one side almost felt like a slightly smoothed out monkey ball and had various colors. Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


Azia Monae
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   Posted 12/17/2006 7:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the quick response!

I am 35 years old, and have been wearing underwires for as long as I can really remember. This indentation and discoloration is new however. It looks like an old bruise that is kind of dry. I am black (medium skin tone) and the discoloration is a dark brown.

There is not a lump that I can feel, but the dimple remains there with my arms up, down, standing or lying down??? There also isn't any pain, if it werent for the dark color, I probably wouldn't have noticed it at all.

I have marks under my breasts from the wire in the bra, but this dimple is in the far outside of my breast area (imagine right underneath your arm at breast level)

Hopefully this answers your questions??

Thanks again...


lemonz
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   Posted 12/18/2006 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you raise you arm? Is there heat radiating from the area? Discoloration and texture of the skin? I was diagnosed with an uncommon type of BC and this is how they finally picked up on it. The reason this was so hard to pick up on is with my type of cancer there are no hard and fast rules. Some have these signs some do not. Mine was never picked up with a mammo. There rarely is a discernable tumor in the breast with this. I had a C scan, and as you might know nodes act as a screen for cancer cells. Mine was actually clustered into a 5 cm tumor with cells running down the nerves in my arm. I know this is scary but remember, I completed treatment in August of 99, and here I am writing to you. I had no clue at the time about this type of cancer and spent from March to October insisting something was wrong. I also could not hold my arm straight up. Chances are very good its nothing, I have cancerphobia, (my word for me) but if it shows nothing ask them to explain the color change. I wish I could help more but if for nothing else we are here to talk to and if I can help in any other way I will be glad to try. If you think something is wrong... feel free to drive them nuts until you are comfortable. Joyce


How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 

Post Edited (lemonz) : 12/18/2006 6:15:58 AM (GMT-7)


barkyboys
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   Posted 12/18/2006 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Azia, you probably think we're crazy to be asking all these wierd questions. You are young, so while it may not be anything, please do not think you are "too young" for breast cancer. I was 36 at diagnosis, and I am by far not the youngest dx here.

Dimpling is a concern because of a condition known as "peau d'orange," which is dimpling that is caused by a fixed tumor which pulls against the skin and creates a texturing of the skin similar to an orange rind. So that being said, I will tell you that my daughter (in her 20's) has a bulging area on her breast where the skin "dimples," something like cellulite on the thighs. It is just a fatty growth, and of no concern to her doctors. But you can bet she had it thoroughly checked! And her doctor does keep an eye on it.

I definitely think you should have it checked out. Waiting a couple of weeks, even if it would prove to be cancer, is probably not going to make a huge difference. Breast cancer is typically slow growing, and it usually takes years for a tumor to grow to a detectable size, so a couple of weeks is small potatoes.

Please be aware, too, that mammograms are not foolproof. I had two cancerous tumors, neither of which showed on a mammogram. The only way to be sure is to have a biopsy. So if the mammo and doctor's explanation is not adequate for you, don't be afraid to ask for a biopsy to be sure.

Good luck, sweetie. Let us know how it goes!

BEV

Azia Monae
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   Posted 12/18/2006 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
You both are like angels, even though I don't have an answer for what is going on, I at least feel that someone is listening to me (without figuring me to be a hypocondriac)!!
 
I will definately keep you posted and continue to read the posts on this site, if for no other reason than to give me a break from thinking about myself for a moment.
 
I think I am taking this situation especially hard since my husband died of T-Cell Lymphoma Dec. 2, 2001, so this is a hard month for me regardless sad . I just keep thinking how fast "the end" came for him after diagnoses (only 5 months) and I just don't want to face anything like this myself with two kids to raise (14 and 7). I keep telling myself it is probably nothing, but at the same time trying to figure out what I will do or how I will react if it is...
 
Thank you again for all of your words of wisdom and may God Bless you Both !!

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/18/2006 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Azia...I'm so sorry to hear about your husband! That is awful. And I can imagine that it makes it all the harder for you. I lost my mom to cancer when I was 7, so when I was diagnosed, I thought it was all over but for the fat lady singing. I already knew that it was in my nodes, because they (one in particular) were larger and easier to feel than the tumors in the breast. I remember my surgeon telling me, "This is not the end of the world." And I thought that was so easy for HIM to say! The same guy that had told me a couple of weeks before, "Well, I don't think it's anything, but we'll do a biopsy just to be sure."

Anyway, that was 12 years ago, so I guess he was right afterall. I've done a lot of living in those 12 years, let me tell you! I got to watch my girls grow up, my granddaughter being born, and now she's growing up way too fast (she's 5 now!) I don't know if I'll be around to dance at her wedding, but if I am, let me tell you, and I will say a secret prayer of thanks for that doctor.

My family always seems to get hit with grief at the holidays...my mom died the day after Christmas, I had my surgery in early December, I almost lost my sil and nephew in a fire that started in their Christmas tree, I almost lost my daughter to a ruptured appendix a few days before Christmas, and my brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer a few days before Christmas. I dread the holidays like the plague, and I'm sure the season will always be a hard one for you as well. Our dear friend and moderator MK isn't around to say it, because she's in the middle of a move, so I'll offer you her famous line: Try not to worry until you know you have something to worry about! Just focus on making this a good holiday for your kids, and enjoy every minute of it with them.

PS...you have a beautiful name! Is there a significant meaning to it?

Love and hugs...
BEV
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