I had a breast ultrasound and I have a hypoechoic mass in my left breast that was "indeterminate". I'm being referred to a breast health center and they will recommend a mammogram. I have no experience with any of this. If anyone does please share. I'm worried about the effects of a mammo on the baby...should I ask for a biopsy? Frustrated because apparently there's a 2-3 week wait to even get an appointment at this health center. Here I am pregnant and stressed out. I'm 26 years old, believe me, I know my risk for cancer is almost nill...but what the heck is this mass doing in my breast! It's been there for 9 months, it's only now that I pushed for an ultrasound because I weaned and noticed it again, when I told my former midwives about it 9 months they just told me "lactating breasts are lumpy".
Experience with breast problems/cancer?
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hey sugar. i just want to tell you to not worry too much. i know that it's easier for someone to tell you that. but, just in february, when i was 26 (i am now 27) i found a lump in my breast during a self-exam, and was completely too freaked out to touch it again. i went to planned parenthood, since i didn't have insurance, for a professional breast-exam and she did find a lump, or mass in my left breast.
now, my chances and family history of cancer are very, very high, so there was no messing around. i had to schedule the mammogram, which of course was about 3 weeks out at a specialist center. the ultrasound on my breast showed the mass, which they performed first, and then i had the mammogram. it turned out to be a nodular mass, nothing to be concerned about, and these masses can happen periodically, that's why it's important to do elf-exams.
i was completely freaked out, lost weight and sleep, not to mention some years of my life and shed a lot of tears. my family history is not good. my mom even flew across the country to be with me while i waited for my appointment.
your midwives are right- it is probably just a nodular mass, which can appear and disappear.
i send my love and good vibes your way, but don't worry too much!
Thank you. I'm trying not to worry - but it's so hard not too! I'm concerned about the accuracy of further testing, with a mammo I'm not sure it would really show everything, because my breasts have started to fill up now (they hadn't yet when I got the ultrasound). So I'm thinking of just asking if I can go straight for a biopsy. Still waiting to hear from them though...hate the wait!
Also frustrating that I asked the US tech if I had anything to worry about and she said "oh, I doubt it!", so I figured it was a cyst or something. Then I get a late night call from my midwife who sounded concerned, and that I needed further testing...thanks US tech! Here I was feeling completely fine..
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I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer after a mammogram, an ultrasound, and a couple of biopsies. My concern is that the mammogram may be able to see *less* then the u/s. For younger women, ultrasound is more accurate because the mammo doesn't visualize as clearly through younger women's denser breast tissue.
If it were me, i'd push for the biopsy. And I wouldn't let them do it without lidocaine on the surface.
All that said, did you get a look at the ultrasound? A dark area with smooth or lobed edges is probably a cyst. I'd still want to check, but i'd be less worried.
Best of luck with everything. I hope this turns out to be nothing, and you have a wonderful pregnancy.
I got the actual report and I feel much better, these findings do not worry me, even though they want further evaluation: