Asymmetrical density on baseline mammogram

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stkitt
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   Posted 6/28/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
 
I am looking for info...............my 41 year old daughter had her first mammogram and they redid the left breast while she was there saying they needed a better picture.
 
Now she has been informed by phone she has Asymmetrical density on Left breast and is to go to hospital for repeat of mammogram and a follow up ultra sound is scheduled if needed.
 
Her other mammogram was done at the clinic.
 
What could this possibly indicate and has anyone gone through this?
 
You can be frank with your answers, please.
 
Thank you.
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Kitt
 
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   Posted 6/29/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt! Looking at the mammograms radiologists can tell whether a density is suspicious or not by several factors. Asymmetrical is more suspicious than symmetrical. Spiculated or spidery looking is another term that is used when a density is suspicious. All the mammograms and sonograms in the world cannot tell for sure if there is cancer, only a biopsy and pathology study can tell for sure. There are different kinds of biopsies. Removal of the suspicious area is in my humble opinion the most reliable, but there is a newer test called the needle test where a core is removed and tested. I think the needle test is great if the area is really suspicious because it can tell for sure if cancer is present, but a negative needle test worries me because such a small area is tested. My daughter had a very suspicious lump and the positive needle test gave her some time to get her surgery lined up as she wanted reconstruction at the same time. She was 39 at the time. I was 58 when I was told I had a spiculated area, very suspicious. So when I went into surgery I had signed papers to do a mastectomy and then months later had my reconstruction.

My favorite bit of advice to everyone is not to worry until you KNOW you have something to worry about. But believe me when it was my daughter I found it hard to follow my own advice. Now she is fighting recurrence and it is very worrisome, too, altho she seems to be doing quite well considering. Read the posts by the older members above who have been through a lot of treatment but have fought the bc devil bravely and honorably for several years and continue to do so. They are remarkable young women.

Hugs MK


stkitt
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   Posted 6/29/2007 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you so much for your post. I appreciate it more than words can say.

My daughter is being very brave but when I am home alone I know how afraid she is and it makes me so darn sad. 

I am an advocate for breast cancer to begin with as I know many who have it, best friends etc. I would gladly trade place with her, but all we can do is wait and I am sure the nurse in me doesn't help.  I know the worse scenarios but try to think we will get by again.  She has gone through irrg paps and had leep procedures in the past.

I will read, I want to know as much as I can.

Again you are very kind and thank from a Mother as well as a member.

Gentle hugs

Kitt


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Kitt
 
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stkitt
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   Posted 7/3/2007 7:05 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello all,

Well the results are in and we have been spared.  My daughter had a repeat CT scan and untrasound today. The density was easy to see on untrasound and it turned out to be a cyst.  The Rad drained the cyst  with a needle and then he talked to my daughter at length and explained what he saw on the CT Scan.  She has a fair amount of small cysts as well as calcium areas that they will watch. He told her to be sure to have her mammo ever year.

A bit off topic but my son had a mole incised as the cells were starting to turn and he had his sutures removed today and his biospy was ok.

Thank you all for reading and understanding how a Mother feels.

I am so happy I cried.

Gentle Hugs and my support to all of you.

 


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Kitt
 
Moderator Anxiety ~ Panic Disorders

Dx: Anxiety/Panic, Depression 
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

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