Asymmetric Breast Density... Should I be worried?!

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hoping I can get some insight from someone.... I had gone to the Dr's in Oct for a routine appt and during that time told the Dr that I had some soreness in my L breast.  She did find the same lump that I had and we decided to watch it thru a couple mens cycles before hv'g any further testing due to the timing of the pain in my cycle. I went back to the dr last week bc nothing had changed so I was sched for an u/s this past Tues to check the L breast and see if there was possibly a cyst (there is a small one... only 2mm). But, the Dr would not perform the u/s until I had a mammo (I'm only 36yo so I had not had one done yet). So, we do the mammo & the Dr does the L side u/s and I'm thinking I'm on my way until the Dr calls me out of the dressing room and asks me to disrobe again so he can get some better pics of the R side due to something he wants a better picture of.... so I undress and they take an additional 8 mammo pics on the R and then u/s that side, taking six or so u/s pics. He tells me that I have an asymmetric breast density at 3 o'clock and that they want me to come back in 6mos to hv it rechecked to see if anything has changed. He claims there is nothing to be alarmed about right now but that it could turn into something more and that's why they want to recheck again in 6mos.  I now hv another appt sched at the end of June '09, which seems a long way off to hv this on my mind. I hv done some checking on-line and hv determined that, while helpful, the internet can also be a very scary tool if you look in the wrong places.
So my question... does this sound right, should I be waiting 6mos?? I feel like a lot of things can change during that time and I don't want to take any chances....  Let me know your thoughts and if there is a better place where I can do some research on what this means so I'm better prepared with questions/concerns for my dr.  Thanks so much for any help!

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   Posted 12/26/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
So is it more dense at 3 o'clock or less dense? If there is no lump nor calcifications present in the area I don't really know what else he could do but suggest another mammo in six months. Of course, meanwhile you keep doing some self exams and if something feels strange in that area call him. And my advice to everyone is don't worry until you know you have something to worry about. Let us know how you are doing. Happy New Year, MK

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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 12/26/2008 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Trish,

Welcome to our board! We have a saying around here: don't worry until you know there is something to worry about! That said, the radiologist is doing his job to want to follow this up in six months, especially since he doesn't have an earlier mammo to compare this one to. Do you have a family history of breast cancer or any other risk factors?  You should definately talk to the doctor who ordered the mammo and u/s about these findings.  If you are not comfortable with his/her advise you could then follow up with another opinion from a breast surgeon.  Mammo & u/s are not always accurate on young women because of dense breasts and sometimes an MRI is indicated if this is the case. You may want to ask the radiologist if this might apply to you.  For me, 6 months is a long time to wait for a follow-up. Good luck! 

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