Tina, oh boy how well do I know your story. I too have fibrcoystic breast. I've been having mammograms every 6 months since the age of 29 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. I have had 2 benign cysts surgically removed in my right breast in 2005 and biopsied and then in 2010 I had a needle biopsy done in my left breast. I am now 36 yrs old and I am still getting both mammograms and ultrasounds done due to my mom having breast cancer. At the breast cancer center I go to if the radiologist is unsure after looking at the diagnostic mammogram he wants the ultrasound for further testing. But since I started having my mammo's done in 2003 technology has come along way. When I got my last ones done I got to see the comparison between the 2 and it had only been 6 months after my biopsy and you could see the difference. I hope this helps. If you need anything let me know.
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Decision Point: My mother died from the damage that radiation did to her heart as the result of aggressive breast cancer treatment. She had and my daughter and I have fibrocystic breasts. I've been told by two surgeons that breast cancer in my daughter and I is unlikely to be detected in an early stage with a mammogram. I've been told that we MUST have ultrasounds to look for cancer since our breast tissue is so dense. My breasts have 20+ cysts in each, any of which could become cancerous at any point. My insurance requires that a imaging specialist physician recommend an ultrasound AFTER a mammogram (probable waste of time and adding additional risk to me because of the radiation). For 10+ years, that is what I received. For the past 4 years, the imaging specialist physicians have not recommended the ultrasounds. (The ultrasound techs used to be VERY alarmed (almost to the point of panic) at what they saw in my breasts.) Should I pursue either paying for the ultrasounds my self, or insisting that the imaging specialist physicians recommend ultrasounds for me? Or, are mammograms now able to detect cancer in fibrocystic breasts?