could it be bc after all this time?

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   Posted 4/17/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
i am a 35 year old. i can't remember the last time my breasts have felt normal. i remember telling my mom (about my breasts feeling funny) when i was about 10. she said that it was probably nothing. since then i've only mentioned it to two doctors, who both felt that there was not a need for a mammogram because of my age. they have checked manually during my annual visits. i have even had two-three chest xrays with recent onset of high blood pressure. i have tiny masses on both breasts, and sometimes they feel painful. what could this be? i feel that there is a need to push the issue. what should be my first step?

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   Posted 4/17/2007 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Call the dr and have a mammogram scheduled. That's the start.

Hopefully, everything will be okay, but if you don't feel comfortable with the results, have a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound done.

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   Posted 4/17/2007 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   

I agree with Jo-Ann.  There is absolutely no reason to not request a mammogram or possible ultra-sound.  NO REASON.  I really only say this because of the age thing.  None of us are to young to have a mammogram.  Go get one so that your can relax and not worry. I too hope that you will not have to stay here even if we are a great bunch of gals.

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   Posted 4/18/2007 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I agree with the others. It is not too early for a mammogram. I, too, had lumpy, bumpy, painful breasts from my early teens on. I did regular breast exams, so I knew what my "normal" lumps and bumps felt like, which ones came and went...but then I found a tiny lump that felt different to me. It wasn't painful. It just wasn't like the others. So I watched it a couple of months to see if it changed or went away, and it didn't. I called my doctor, and he did a breast exam. He found a second tiny lump, much like the one I had found. I had a mammogram, which was "normal." And he insisted I see a surgeon and have the lumps biopsied. Everyone assured me that "it was probably nothing, but just to be sure..." The lumps were both invasive breast cancers, and of different types. I was 36 at the time.

Had I gone to a doctor who based his decision on a mammogram, I would not be here 12 years later to tell you to insist on not only a mammogram (which misses something like 30% of all breast cancers, especially in young women), but to see a surgeon and have a biopsy if you are not comfortable with the answers you get. I don't know if you have a center that specializes in breasts, but most larger cities have them, and I would ask for a referral to one, if possible.

Pain is not generally associated with breast cancers, it is more typically associated with cysts or "fibrocystic breast disease," which is basically lumpy, bumpy breasts. However, pain does not rule out breast cancer, either. Some women report their breast cancers as painful. You need a definitive answer that you are comfortable with. Don't settle for a doctor who leaves you worrying.

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