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   Posted 1/11/2008 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone.....I posted last month about waiting until April for my next diagnostic mammo and possible ultrasound/biopsy, depending on what the mammo shows/doesn't show. But now I am wondering..........has anyone experienced no change in there lump/mass/etc only to find later that it was in fact bc???  confused
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   Posted 1/11/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
My ob-gyn told me to wait three months and if it's still there, we'll do something.  Well, Normal Mammo or not, I moved on it because I didn't know what it was and it was there!  I found a breast surgeon (the only one in my plan) and got an appointment for a second opinion (covered) that week.  He biopsied it and got the results that day because it WAS cancer.  He did it STAT because he was leaving for Japan for three weeks and he wanted me to have that time to have it removed if I wanted to do it quicker with someone else.  This was in a Big Cancer center in New York city, and he was a busy (sensitive, great) man!   Since he said it was a slow growing kind of cancer and because I was so impressed with him, I waited the three weeks and him do the lumpectomy when he came back.
You know, I remember reading your post and thinking about telling you my story but I didn't.  I should have.  I'd get a second opinion and get a biopsy if you have something there.  
Good luck and keep us posted   
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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, my first experience with mammos was...it showed neither of the two (as it turned out) cancerous lumps that my doctor and I could feel. So I have never been too trusting of mammography. However, I do have an area that shows up on my remaining breast that was initially suspicious, then after compression views deemed to be nothing. Initial mammo reported a "mass." Because I trust my doctors, who also agreed we should just watch the area, that is what we have done. It still shows up as a mass on regular mammograms, but it has remained unchanged for several years now.

Remember that, USUALLY, breast cancer is a very slow-growing cancer. That is not always the case. If you are doing regular breast exams, pay particular attention to that area. If you feel any changes, I would call the doctor and let him know. A biopsy is the only way that I know of to guarantee that your lump is not cancerous. But most lumps are around for 8-10 years before they are large enough to detect on a mammogram, even longer before they are tactilely palpable. So a few months, unless it is an agressive form of breast cancer, won't usually do much harm.

If it is a something that worries you constantly, I would talk to the doctor again. A biopsy might be less stressful than worrying for 3 more months!

Are you taking any hormones? I remember you posting before, but I don't remember all the details.

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