Looking for advice on a couple of lumps

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   Posted 1/8/2009 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   

I am 27 year old female, A couple of years ago I found a small lump in my right breast. I was very concerned with it at the time as my mother died from breast cancer when I was 18 years old.
So I went to my Dr right away and had an ultrasound done. They said it was just a cyst and non cancerous, but because of my family history they think I should get an ultrasound recheck every 6 months just to keep an eye on it.
So I've been getting these ultrasounds twice a year for a couple of years, always the same result, until my last one, they found a new lump. The new lump though they assured me was also nothing to worry about, and to just come in, in another 6 months to have a recheck.

My question is... is an ultrasound enough? Should I be asking for a mammogram? or anything else?

Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance =)

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   Posted 1/8/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Peacefrog, an ultrasound is a more sensitive test than a mammogram. Mammograms are used for screening large numbers of people; irregularities are often followed up with ultrasound. So if you're having frequent ultrasound exams, a mammogram isn't needed.

A lot of women have harmless cysts in their breasts; polycystic breast disease involves large number of benign cysts.

The only suggestion I have is to cut out caffeine. It can contribute to cyst growth, especially if you have PBD.
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   Posted 1/9/2009 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Well thank you very much for responding, Im a bit of a worry wart... so I wanted to make sure I was doing as much as I should.

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   Posted 1/22/2009 2:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I didn't know caffeine helps cyst grow. I should tell my mom about this. She can't live without coffee.

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   Posted 1/23/2009 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Just want to let you know that there are new protocals for screening high risk women for breast cancer.  Anyone who has a mother or a sister with breast cancer may be considered high risk. These new protocols include yearly screenings with mammo, ultra sound and MRI. Mammo is sometimes inacurate in young women because young women may have dense breasts and the mammo misses things. MRI is more sensative.  They are not done routinely because they can be too sensative and show up stuff other than cancer, but they are helpful in finding early cancer in young or high risk women. It is not done everywhere, so you may have to go to a breast surgeon at a major center to get one. Considering your mother's history, your doctor should be more definitive in determining what is going on in your breast! A biopsy is the only way to know for sure what it is. Radiologists only use an educated guess to interpret a mammo, u/s or even MRI. Then it is confirmed with a biopsy, where the cells are examined under a microscope by a pathologist.

Remember, most breast lesions (80%) are benign, and yours is probably, too. But I would want to know for sure!

Good luck!



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