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Breast lumps on both breasts, sized 3cm, 2.8 0.8 & 0.5 on the ultrasound. I also have a family history of breast cancer - my dad's Aunt. It increases my risk that it's breast cancer. What should I do?

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Learning About Breast Cancer almost 7 years
 
  • Lori A Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    You should go to your doctor immediately. Early detection makes a big difference.
    almost 7 years Comment Flag
  • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I found the tumor in my left breast 2 years ago, at 42 y.o. Same week I did the ultrasound - we jump the step of mammogram because it was clear where the thing was. With the ultrasound we found 2 more tumors, and the confirmation of being a mass. One more week I had the biopsy. Then surgery - I opt for double mastectomy because I had a high risk over 60% to have in the other breast in the future. Best thing I did because in the biopsy post surgery, they did find a tinny tumor on my right breast, still not detectable by any test. Started chemo 1 month after surgery. Then had the genetic test done, and I'm BRCA 2 positive - high risk for ovarian cancer. As soon as I finished the chemo, I had a surgery to remove the ovaries. Then did reconstruction, and now I am healthy, happy and with really little risk of reincidence! Easy? No, it was a trip to hell, painful, scary, I still have neuropathy, joint pains and chemo brain. But I wouldn't change any of the steps I took because I'm alive and happy, very happy!!!! My conclusion and answer for you: don't waste time. As soon as you can have the alien removed from your body, better chances for everything to be all right!!
    almost 7 years Flag
    • Mary Foti Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2010

      Anna, I am also 42 and BRCA2 - our stories are very similar - I also had both breasts removed and a total hysterectomy. I am so glad to hear you are doing well. Being diagnosed with breast cancer was devastating; being diagnosed as BRCA2 was...

      mais

      Anna, I am also 42 and BRCA2 - our stories are very similar - I also had both breasts removed and a total hysterectomy. I am so glad to hear you are doing well. Being diagnosed with breast cancer was devastating; being diagnosed as BRCA2 was even harder because my family history is so awful and I worry for my children and relatives.

      about 6 years Flag
  • summer evans Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I'm a nurse myself too. But I am afraid of having it removed. Am not afraid of the surgery, I am afraid of the biopsy results. I'm only 24 years old...
    almost 7 years Flag
    • Ana Naluh Andrade Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Wait to do the biopsy would not change the results of it, but it can change your future. Remember, it's there, it's growing, and some types grows really fast! So, come on, fight your fears and go for it! You can not hide!

      almost 7 years Flag
    • Nicole Bernard Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hello, both of my grandmother's passed away before I was born from breast cancer so I've always been fearful. I'm 27 years old and found a lump in December, had it checked at my routine gyno appt in Jan and a little less than two weeks later found...

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      Hello, both of my grandmother's passed away before I was born from breast cancer so I've always been fearful. I'm 27 years old and found a lump in December, had it checked at my routine gyno appt in Jan and a little less than two weeks later found out I had breast cancer. I was lucky, I caught it early DCIS. I did a lot of research before choosing my treatment. I went with a bilateral mastectomy on April 7, and while my journey like most is not an easy one, I have not regretted my decision. Not even once. I think young women, and by young us ladies in our 20's aren't even on the charts, face very unique circumstances and a total different set of concerns than post menopausal women. But, by having a biopsy, your choosing life. If it is cancer, it will continue to grow. And unfortunately because women our age don't get screen, often our cancer is more advanced. Please choose life, and go to the doctor. I have a blog (which I really need to update) but you might find some of it helpful. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nicolemarie83

      almost 7 years Flag
    • summer evans Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for the encouragement.... :)

      over 6 years Flag
  • Sarah Adams Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2010
    Biopsy is your next step. Immediately, if not sooner. If this is breast cancer, you want to act fast. My cousin was diagnosed at 24. Sadly, it's not as uncommon as we once thought. I also suggest genetic testing. If you have a strong family history (more than one woman diagnosed with breast cancer or just one diagnosed before age 40), your insurance should approve it. There are gene mutations that we now know increase your risk of breast & ovarian cancer. The two mutations are to the BRCA gene & it's a simple blood test to find out of you have it. If you do have a mutation, it will help you & your doctors figure out how best to proceed. But most importantly...get the biopsy! Today. Find out if those lumps are cancerous. All my love to you!
    almost 7 years Flag
    • summer evans Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      Am not that tough enough... I think, no not juts yet... ;( Am sort of getting myself so busy at work so as not to think of it so much. Passed through the depression part... back to denial I guess so

      almost 7 years Flag
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2010

      I think you have posted two questions and I have responded to both, but I will only respond here if both questions are from you.

      GET THE BIOPSY. You can do it! You are strong and can handle whatever the outcome is. If it is breast cancer, it can...

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      I think you have posted two questions and I have responded to both, but I will only respond here if both questions are from you.

      GET THE BIOPSY. You can do it! You are strong and can handle whatever the outcome is. If it is breast cancer, it can be growing and spreading inside your body right now. The longer you wait, the more it will grow and spread. Cancer has no mercy. And if you do happen to be BRCA positive and have breast cancer, the most common diagnoses is triple negative cancer...which is VERY aggressive. PLEASE...get the biopsy. TODAY. It might save your life. And if you don't have breast cancer, then it will be a huge relief.
      I'm hoping you have a great support system in your family and friends, but if you don't...you do now. If you'd like, I will give you my personal information and support you through whatever turns up. And if it is breast cancer, I can put you in touch with other survivor's diagnosed before age 30 (sister 27, best friend 26 (going through chemo now), and cousin 24). You have people here on this site and on many others who will support you. You don't have to do any of this alone. But you have to do it.

      You ARE that tough. Get the biopsy.

      almost 7 years Flag
    • summer evans Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you Ms. Sarah Adam...
      I will utilize my health card for the Mammogram (if I will be entitled for it? Less than 30 yo?
      Thanks! appreciate the support.

      almost 7 years Flag
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2010

      I don't know about insurance in the Phillipines, but if you have a family history & an ultrasound already confirmed four lumps, you should be able to get you what you need. And I don't believe you need a mammogram. If you already know from the...

      mais

      I don't know about insurance in the Phillipines, but if you have a family history & an ultrasound already confirmed four lumps, you should be able to get you what you need. And I don't believe you need a mammogram. If you already know from the ultrasound that the lumps are there, then the next step should be a biopsy (when they take a sample of the lumps) to find out if they are cancerous. I hope your insurance covers everything! I'm keeping you in my thoughts & I'm here to support you however I can. :-)

      almost 7 years Flag
    • summer evans Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      Should I get a incisional biopsy?
      Or... needle prick biopsy?
      Having to decide whether or not to face the fact that I could be a probable cancer previvor/ survivor isn't easy to deal with.
      I really don't know what's holding me back from getting the...

      mais

      Should I get a incisional biopsy?
      Or... needle prick biopsy?
      Having to decide whether or not to face the fact that I could be a probable cancer previvor/ survivor isn't easy to deal with.
      I really don't know what's holding me back from getting the biopsy done =D I don't have my boyfriend anyway. ;)
      I get to be humorous on this topics sometimes, but I know too that I am not having the right attitude towards this.... mess? should I say?

      almost 7 years Flag
    • Sarah Adams Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2010

      I assume you need a needle biopsy. They need to take a sample of the lumps to find out if you have cancer. I suggest talking to your doctor as soon as possible. He/She can help guide you in your next steps.

      I understand your use of humor...I am...

      mais

      I assume you need a needle biopsy. They need to take a sample of the lumps to find out if you have cancer. I suggest talking to your doctor as soon as possible. He/She can help guide you in your next steps.

      I understand your use of humor...I am similar in a lot of ways. :) But if this is cancer, it's important you find out as soon as possible so you can begin the fight! You're strong. You can do this. :)

      almost 7 years Flag
    • summer evans Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks! =)

      almost 7 years Flag
  • summer evans Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I think I should convince myself even more...
    almost 7 years Comment Flag

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