how do you know the change is a lump to concern you?

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When finding something not the same as you always have how do you know what your feeling is a lump,or swelling mass? I can feel something odd like a  firm bag of worms , between breat and underarm, with a specific spot furth under my arm thats very sore. Then on my forarm a lump which is long in shape not mobile and on pressure a little sore. Which i did see the doctor about but she barely looked let alone examined it some months ago before any thing else found. ANY IDEA IF I NEED TO PUSH DOC TO SEND ME FOR TESTS, or is it more likely to be  harmless? 

Thanks for any advice.Carol xx

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    I got a lump it was sore. I went to the dr then he made me go get ultrasound, then mammogram.  It's still a toss up though... so going to see Surgeon next week for biopsy.  Pretty scared right now. If you're really concerned. Just go to another dr.  Or just request to get an ultrasound... but that mammogram squishes your boobies.  I had mine since May.  I could still there but it move since or it went smaller... 

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      Hi Ive had mammogram about 18months ago, so yes im in agreement its an awful examination, especially if your large busted. My concern with this is where ive got the concern is not where they get with the mamaogram, and ive heard the ultrasound isnt very good at picking up problems, iI am seriously considering making an apt this coming week to see my doctor, it should be a check a woman can book without needing referal from GP.mine hasnt any confidence in her own jusgement, when i went last time she could not decide what to do and told me she would let me knowm her decision. I still don thave any idea what she decided. I had requested hydrotherapy for the disc problems in my back she considered physio to be better but said shed let me know. I hope everything works out for you and you recieve the best possible news.

      regards Carol

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    Hi, Carol:

    For your own peace of mind, I recommend getting the tests.  But then, I am a worrier.  In my case, it very much paid to worry!

    I had been getting my annual mammogram for years.  When I was around 50, I started getting "your results were inconclusive, you need to come back for further testing" from the breast diagnostic center.  Fine.  I did so, they placed markers in my left breast, and I seemed to be good for a couple of years.

    When I was 53, I felt something hard (not squishy, no movement, it was just hard) in my left breast.  My internist sent me off to get a core needle biopsy, which came back positive for cancer.  I then got an MRI, which showed a lump of 6 cm x 7 cm x 2 cm - and the yearly mammogram didn't catch it.  Nor did the stupid sonoscans that I went through.

    My point?  Again, for your peace of mind, please get the additional tests.  I caught my cancer when it was still confined to the breast ducts (DCIS, Stage 0).  I had a bilateral mastectomy, didn't have to do chemo, radiation or take any drugs.  

    I apologize if this is a bit lengthy, but it truly pays to be proactive.

    Good luck!


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    I went for another mammogram in October, when I was having the ultrasound after I caught sight of the screen. There are dark shadows around the bottom of the right breast, after this was finished I was sent back to the clinic and saw the consultant again who came through to me, mumbled nothing to concern you yet! and out he went. Ive worried on and off, so I went to my GP April and told her what id clearly seen and what the Consultant had said. She pulled up the report on the computer and told me that changes had been found but it wasn't to be worried over, as it had been decided that these changes weren't malignant, no further biopsy's nothing yet this decision was made. I told the GP I wasn't very confident in the way they were so positive the changes were nothing.

    Then out of nowhere Saturday morning I received an appointment to go for yet another mammogram on the 22nd June. this has myself and my hubby confused and worried. Ive so had enough of the amount of concerns mammograms ive had over this past 3 years, I had my first mammogram around 6 years ago for the exact same reason I had my last done .Ive also noticed a weird type of rash on both breasts and no matter what I apply its getting gradually slightly worse, Im starting to think they don't know what THEY ARE DOING, I WONDER IF I SHOULD ASK IF HAVING A DOUBLKE MASETOMY WOULD BE BEST IN MY CASE??? ANY ADVICE GUIDANCE I WOULD APPRFECIATE IT.

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