I have been visiting the forum for a while and am simply in aww of the people here and admire the courage and strength of you all. I will apoligize in advance for the length of this post but I figured I would lay it all out in hopes somebody could enlighten me and ease my confusion and concerns.
I am a 40 year old woman with breast implants. I have a small history of BC in my family (grandmother mothers side) and a big history of other forms of cancer in my family again mothers side. I visited my OB for my annual exam and to discuss some problems I have been having with severely sore and swollen breasts. The soreness and swelling lasts 3 weeks out of the month and so far I have been attributing this to ovulation, (I had a partial hysterectomy due to fibroids that didn't show up on imaging either). During the exam my Dr. discovered a suspicious lump on my left breast just up from the nipple. The lump itself is not sore. My Dr. immediately referred me to a breast surgeon for follow up. Upon visiting the surgeon she too located the suspicious lump and advised that it didnt feel like a cyst. She ordered a mammogram and u/s both of which did not show anything suspicious however the radiology Dr. did feel the suspicious area and stated it had an edgy feel to it. He also stated it could be a fold in the implant. My surgeon called me and provided me with two options: I could just have the lump removed or we could keep an eye on it and follow up in three months.
My concern and question is this if there were something to worry about wouldn't it have shown up on the images? How accurate are mammograms and U/S on women with implants? Would I be acting a bit paranoid if I just went for the removal to see what it is or is this the kind of thing you monitor for the next several months. Guess you can kinda tell Im a little freaked out. Thanks for any help you can offer or even any similar situations such as mine.