• "Were you diagnosed with breast cancer from an ultrasound because you have dense breast tissue? If so, did you have any other signs or sympt

    Asked by Staci1219 on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    "Were you diagnosed with breast cancer from an ultrasound because you have dense breast tissue? If so, did you have any other signs or sympt

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I have had fibrous breast tissue for 18 years since my original DX. Last year, mammogram showed some new calcificaion and cancer DX was confirmed with a biopsy. I had no symptoms. Ultrasound can distinguish between fluid sacs (like cysts) and solid masses (like tumors) but it can not conclusively determine if the mass is benign or malignant. I would insist on a biopsy.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar

      Thanks for the info Nancy, my mom was diagnosed when she was 59 so my first mammo was age 29 (I am now 37). They found 2 benign lumps so I had a surgical biopsy on my right breast in 2006 and every 6 months since I have been having diagnostic mammograms. 2011 I had a needle biopsy done on my left breast to remove another benign lump. I had a mammogram in February of this year and things were good and the dr then told me I could start coming back for my yearly mammograms but then this came up.

      almost 9 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had dense and fibrous breast tissue. My tumor did not show on the mammogram or on the ultrasound. They thought that my lymph node (under arm) seemed a little "generous" so they biopsied it. If it had not been for the lymph node, I would have gone home for another whole year thinking everything was okay. It finally showed up on an MRI and it was good size - 4.9. I feel that women with dense & fibrous breast tissue should have a yearly MRI instead of mammogram but, of course, the insurance companies would never agree to that. I had 8 out of 11 positive lymph nodes. Now that I think back, I did not always feel the greatest -- tired a lot. But it was so gradual that I just figured it came with age.

      almost 9 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      Because my mom had breast cancer and I had dense fibrous breast tissue my primary care physician had me start seeing a breast surgeon in my 30s. He had me getting mammograms and ultrasounds yearly. I would do self-exams occasionally but I was always so lumpy =) I didn't think I should be running to the doc every time I felt a new one. I would have been in his office all the time! However there were a couple that DID make me go in to see him. The first time it was nothing. The second one popped up after we'd scheduled surgery to remove a particularly large cyst and that one turned out to be a tumor. In both cases they seemed to grow quickly and in the case of the tumor, it hurt! I'd always been told that cancer doesn't hurt, and I argued with the nurse after my diagnosis because she was still saying that, but I'm here to tell you that mine did! It never showed up on a mammogram, and post-diagnosis I've had MRI's in addition to mammograms. If it were up to me I'd have an MRI every year but the insurance company won't pay for that and the surgeon feels that I'm kind of out of the woods and that yearly MRI's would just expose me to unnecessary raditation..

      almost 9 years ago
    • GetMyLifeBack's Avatar

      I had an ultrasound initially primarily because I was diagnosed young and no one expected it to be cancer. They had assumed it was a cyst. The only other symptom was finding a lump during my monthly exam. (Yay for fliers in my college dorm bathrooms...I have been doing monthly checks ever since.)

      over 8 years ago

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