Worried about breast cancer

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Hi, I'm 50 but still having regular periods.

On my last but one, I noticed a large lump in my right breast, I thought it was maybe something to do with my period, so I waited to see if it went away. It didn't so, I went to see my doctor, who has referred me to my local breast clinic for a mammogram and a biopsy.

My worry is that after looking breast lumps online, I'm not sure where I stand.

I've had three children (no complications), all between the ages of 23 and 30, I breastfed them all, as I said I'm still having regular periods, but I didn't start until I was nearly 16, I'm 50 so don't really fall into late onset menopause, I'm quite active, I eat healthily, I don't smoke, but I do drink wine.

My lump seemed to appear from nowhere, it's about 5cm long on top, feels quite bumpy, but it also seems to move about when I touch it or if my breast is in a different position.

My dilemma is, it's nearly 2 weeks since I went to see the doctor and I haven't heard back from the clinic, so not sure if that's good or bad.

By all accounts I'm too old to have a fibroadenoma, but I have no other symptoms, other than the lump, which removes all the other benign possibilities as they're all painful.

I'm also getting over a frozen shoulder, on the right side and I've read that breast cancer can cause them.

So sorry to prattle on, but I'm just so worried.

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  • Posted

    When my missus was diagnosed with BC she heard from them within a few days of the biopsy. Maybe talk to your GP smile
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    Hi House,

    cheers for the answer, I haven't had the biopsy yet, just waiting to hear back from the clinic for an

    appointment, just don't know it this is good or bad, called my health centre this morning - as my doctor had

    said to call anytime if I needed to talk - left a message and was told she would ring later, but she didn't get

    back to me, just got through complaining about them misdiagnosing my frozen shoulder, and now this!

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    If it's any reassurance, except where it has progressed substantially (and you'd also maybe be feeling terrible) BC tumours are (very generally speaking) really quite small and they certainly don't spring up relevantly overnight (though of course there's always exceptions). If you feel otherwise perfectly fine then that's good smile
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    Thanks ever so much for this reply, you have no idea how much it's helped. I rang my breast clinic this

    morning to try and find out when I'm likely to be seen, and I was told they needed to check something and

    would ring me back quickly, that was over 3 hrs ago, and I'm still waiting. So once again thank you.

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