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   Posted 1/6/2006 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I take verapamil for hbp, and have been taking it for over five yrs.  Once my dr. prescribed 360 mg.  I immediately noticed a painful lump under my right arm.    As time progressed, I started having breast pain.  At first it was just a dull pain.  Now it is a throbing pain and it starts under my arms and extend all the way to the nipple.
I had a mammograph last Nov and my dr was told i had a lot of breast calcifation.  He did not tell me.  I switched doctors.  Now my new doctor is saying I must be re-test for calicifation and need a new mammograph.  Can calcifaction cause breast cancer?  I am so scared, i never thought I would be trading high blood pressure for a more serious disease.  Do anybody know something about breast calcifaction

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   Posted 1/6/2006 5:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome. Calcifications can be an indicator of breast cancer, not a cause. It is best to have it checked out.

Also, I've never heard any relation between bp medicine and breast cancer. I would think any timing would just be coincidental.

Here's hoping it's nothing.


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   Posted 1/6/2006 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Please go to and search for information on calcifications (you will find a search window in the upper left hand corner). Imaginis has great information in breast health and breast cancer. Julie is right, calcifications do not cause cancer, they MAY indicate the presence of cancer. A lot depends on the size and clustering of the calcifications. Please schedule a new mammogram and get the opinion of your new doctor. Lauri
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