Lumps in breasts.......................

  1. Hi everyone!

    I have just gotten off the phone with my best friend who lives in Austria.

    About a month ago, she discovered a lump in her breast. She recently met with her gynaecologist, who found yet another, larger lump.

    He said she probably had nothing to worry about, and that it was most likely due to her hormones playing up as she has recently changed brands of contraceptive pill. He said she should come back if she noticed anymore growth or tenderness.

    I feel she should have a mammogram. Now.

    What do you guys think? I would appreciate any advice/input on this. I'm worried about her.

    Many thanks,

    Sash
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  2. 16 Comments

  3. by   Good_Queen_Bess
    She should insist on further tests NOW. A close friend of mine has breast cancer, she discovered it herself through self-examination (which we should ALL DO!) But please remind her that 9 out of 10 breast lumps are BENIGN.
  4. by   gwenith
    Very true Bess

    My sister as a young woman found a lump in her breast - went under anasthesia for surgery and the lump disappeared!!! Surgeon couldn't find it!!! That was years ago and she has had no problems since so it is true 90% are benign but havign said that I know of cases where it was missed and the pateint had Ca. You don't know th full story - he may be taking her off the contracptive pill to see if the lumps go away rather than subject her to a mamogram which has it's own risks for young women.
  5. by   ernurse728
    How old is your friend? I had a lump in my breast after having my daughter and it turned out to be a fibroadenoma. I did not have a mammogram as I am only 24. But they did do an ultrasound and them a biopsy with ultrasound to determine that it was not cancerous.
  6. by   CCL"Babe"
    My sister in law found a lump in her breast when she was about 27 or 28. Doctor told her not to worry about it. By the time the finally worked it up at at 29 she had metastatic breast cancer.

    True, most lumps are benign, mine was. But you can never be too safe. Insist she has further testing.

    My sister in law is about to leave her 14 year old son an orphan.
  7. by   susanmary
    She needs a mammogram ... and a new gyn.
  8. by   Spidey's mom
    Get a mammogram . .there are too many stories like CCL's and what the heck can it hurt to get a mammogram just to check it out?

    And finding another doc is a good idea too.

    steph
  9. by   KaroSnowQueen
    Being totally paranoid on the subject I say go for more tests. Two lumps, well might just be fibrocystic disease, but it might not. Doesn't hurt to check rather be safe than sorry.
  10. by   sashibeak
    Originally posted by ernurse728
    How old is your friend? I had a lump in my breast after having my daughter and it turned out to be a fibroadenoma. I did not have a mammogram as I am only 24. But they did do an ultrasound and them a biopsy with ultrasound to determine that it was not cancerous.
    She's 26. Does this mean she should ask for the ultasound too, do you think?
  11. by   sashibeak
    Thank you all SO much for your replies!

    I will definitely be getting in touch with her today and advise her to move onwards and get something organized examination-wise.

    I really appreciate all your input.

    Bless you! Many thanks,

    Sash :kiss
  12. by   fourbirds4me
    The thing about mammograms and younger women is that they don't tend to be real accurate because young women have more dense breast tissue. I have heard that sonography is the better choice... who knows? But I agree with the others that this situation needs further investigation.
  13. by   ernurse728
    Sashi...my ob/gyn sent me for an ultrasound the same week...she said that she also felt like it could have been a cyst...when I had the sono they determined that it was solid and not fluid filled and then they did a biopsy the next week. In speaking with the radiologist they said having the ultrasound was more appropriate than the mammogram.
  14. by   fulwood
    yes please tell her to get a mammogram. One of my closest friends died last year of breast cancer at age 38 due to initial misdiagnosis by first doctor.

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