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Old 10-09-2002, 07:25 PM
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Well, Got the results of my Mammogram...the lump is benign. It is a calcified fibroadenoma, about 1 cm in size, (3/8") It has perfectly rounded edges and I am so thankful! It feels like a hard pea, so I do not have to have surgery unless I would worry...I have had 3 lumps removed and there comes a time when you have to worry about scar tissue, since a cancerous lump could hide behind the scar tissue and could go undetected.

So Lifestar do you think this was why it was so painful???...it hurt worse than root canal! lol

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Old 10-10-2002, 12:32 AM
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I go for my Mammo on Tuesday and I am a nervous wreck. I have also been cystic but to actually be going have got me in jitters.

Besides my doctor wanting me to go for my first exams, I have been having some pinching and pain in the left side. THis is an on and off type of thing from timne to time.

I just hope it turns out to be nothing.

When you go, who gives you the results? WHat is the standard time to wait for results? Do I call the doctor or do they call me....?




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Old 10-10-2002, 10:20 AM
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Shawn, each facility is different, now when I was in the city, I went to a breast specialist and they told me my results by the time I was finished. They had a Dr. on site to do that and since my mammo was an appointment I was the only woman there at the time having one. So it was very private.

Now in the area I live, it is a rural hospital. So a woman does the mammo. They check before you are dressed to make sure the films are clear. They have to make sure they are perfect so the Dr. can interpet them. If there is a question about the results, they usually send your films to another Dr. for his consult. My case it was sent to Ohio, and when I had my first lump removed they sent that to Mayo's because it was so strange. The Dr. never seen anything like what I had.(Leave it to me to have a weird thing.lol) A panel of experts studied it and they confirmed it was benign.

I have mammo's every year now only...I used to have them every 3 months. Now I go and the Dr. interpets the results, a letter is sent to me and the results are reported. A more complex results are sent to my family Dr. and usually we have a appointment and he reads the whole thing to me.

I too have had the pinching pain in my left breast before. It turned out to be nothing. Now I always was told that painful lumps are good, they are usually benign, while lumps that are painless can be cancer.

I learned a valueable lesson..Do not worry about it, till you know you have something to worry about. I have been through many and I know how scary it is ...waiting is the hardest thing to do.

You are in my thoughts and prayers

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Old 10-14-2002, 11:38 AM
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What are fybrocystic breasts or fybrocystic breast disease? I admit, I am lax about doing BSE because I feels bumps everywhere. I know you are supposed to get to know what is normal for yourself & I am trying to remember better. I have never heard of this other condition though. I have to go for a diagnostic mamo soon because the Dr. felt 2 pea sized things. My insurance only covers routine screening & not diagnostic mamograms. :mad: I am only 36, but both parents died of cancer. I've had a 2 mamograms before so I'm not really nervous, but my sil recently had a double mastectomy & will begin chemo soon, so prevention is very much in my thoughts.
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Old 10-14-2002, 08:07 PM
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MKS, don't worry if your Dr. found the pea-size lumps, the mammogram should be covered for insurance purposes. It might fall under your major medical. Usually when you turn 40 a rountine mammogram is covered every year. Of course you can call your insurance company and ask about this, they are usually helpful.

Fibrocystic breasts are just lumpy feeling breasts...that is whyit if important that you do self-exam monthly so you can get used to how your breasts are suppose to feel...

Fibrocyctic breasts are usually painful and small masses are felt. They can increase in size or pain during the premenstral phase of your cycle.

What type of cancer did your parents have?

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Old 10-15-2002, 08:18 AM
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My mother's was already spread through the lymphatic system before it was found. It is not known where it started, but the colon was involved. I think that's the big reason I have started these test early. (I've also had a colonoscopy.) My dad's was a tumor between the heart & lungs. I called my insurance yesterday & the insurance we may switch to in January. The only reason it (mamo) is not covered under my current insurance is that I/we haven't met the deductable. Yeah, we've had a healthy year. Boo, the mamogram would cost $170. However, if I wait till January & switch insurance, if will be at no cost. I plan to call the Dr. & see if he thinks that is ok to do.
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Old 04-03-2003, 05:54 AM
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I got my little postcard inthe mail last week.. I'm due for my next mamogram

My doctor was even good enough to mail me a perscription ..how thoughtful

Now I guess I can't avoid it

Though I'd like to try.

They had best be gentle.. the "girls" don't like to be handled roughly, you know




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Old 04-03-2003, 05:55 AM
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That is a great story, but I wish you had made it home with them. That would be some story also. I did wait till January for the new insurance to cover mine & it turned out fine too.
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Old 04-03-2003, 06:02 AM
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I have to set up an appt for mine. I found a lump a few years ago and it's just a cyst. The surgeon took a needle biopsy and said that it was probably okay, could tell from the fluid but sent it to the lab anyway. Negative!

I'm 35 but go for annual mammo. This past gyn visit, he said that since I haven't had any problems since then only the usual lumps and bumps, that I'm probably all set until I'm 40, unless I find something or he does.

I have a shower card that has breast exam on one side and testical exam for men on the other. If anyone wants me to scan the pictures and procedures in, let me know. I'll leave it the shower with the man side facing out - for DS & DH - but someone took it down!!! LOL
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Old 04-03-2003, 07:00 AM
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I went through a boob scare myself a few years ago. A mammogram found a suspicious spot. The surgeon gave me the choice of waiting for 6 months or having a biopsy. After discussing it with family we all agreed we'd go nuts over the 6 months so opted for the biopsy. I was in his office when he made a sudden decision to order an enhanced biospy. Man I didn't know my boobs could get that flat! Whatever the spot was flattened out so the diagnosis was nothing serious and to have a mammo every 6 months for a while. I told them it was simply the last shred of firm breast tissue left.

I am way overdue for a mammogram and need to do this. My doctor in our last location was wonderful about making sure I had annuals as well as mammogram. She would withhold my hormone prescription if I didn't have them! She was big into blackmail.

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