Posted on: Nov 22, 2007 01:49 PM, edited Nov 22, 2007 01:49 PM by gscott
For those who have been diagnosed, can you answer my questions?
1. Did you find your lump on your own or did a mammogram pick it up?
2. Please describe to me what exactly your lump felt like to you or your doctor.
3. Is there a family history?
I'll start with me.
I found a lump during my own exam last week.
It is about 1.5inch by 1 inch, is firm, grew fast, and does move around.
My sister diagnosed with BREAST CA this year and my mom with uterine this year. Other than that there was NO history of cancer anywhere in the family until this past year.
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Jul 3, 2009 02:17 AM, edited Jul 3, 2009 02:19 AM by Mazy1959
I saw my lump before I felt it..so I guess I found it in the mirror. It was 3.2 cm, felt odd shaped...on the ultrasound it looked like an upside down battle ship. It had like fingers. It was very hard..so hard they had a hard time getting a biopsy and it moved freely and it hurt real bad. I thought I must have hit it or something. All my doctors say whether or not it can move or if it hurts or not, does not tell a doctor if it's cancer. I have lobular and the odd shape is normal for that. Mine did not show on the mammogram but did show on the ultrasound. Lobular often does not show on mams and even some ductal evades it also. I have 2 great aunts who had the same type as me and one aunt who had ductal. I hope all goes well with you. Hugs, Mazy
Jul 3, 2009 09:18 AM justelle wrote:
I found the lump on my own. It originally felt small and moveable maybe pea size, it has since become hard. larger and oblong I'd say the length of my fingertip. It does move when pressed on. My Aunt on my fathers side had BC. I am still waiting to find out. Best wishes to all.
Jul 3, 2009 11:00 AM katsOK wrote:
I had a IDC and it was found on mammogram or really on ultrasound. The doctor said she was suspicious of the area (dense breast tissue) so did the ultrasound after watching the area for at least a year!! I would not have known it was there if I had not know it was there.... and that was after four cores taken from it and it was swollen. The shape was like an arrowhead and not moveable and hard. Went in the direction that a muscle might go and in location where a muscle might be. The surgeon said she did not think she would have found it if she had not know where to look. It was 2.5 cm and at first they thought it might be 4 cm. It was in the lower outside quadrant of the right breast. You had to push hard to feel; it much harder than I thought you had to push to examine you. It makes me doubt my ability to find anything in the other breast or other areas of the right breast. I am hoping for good exams from the doctors to help me in the future.
Jul 15, 2009 03:23 PM kim1969 wrote:
1. Found the lump myself. Since I am pregnant, everyone told me that it was certain to be just a clogged milk duct and it would be fine because the breast do crazy things while pregnant.
2. Measures about 3 cm at about 12 o'clock right under the skin. Hard as a rock and doesn't move.
3. 2 of my mother's sisters (maternal aunts) had bc - both survivors. One had a reoccurance but both are fine.
Jul 15, 2009 06:55 PM Katalin wrote:
1. Did you find your lump on your own or did a mammogram pick it up? I had lumpy breasts, and was followed by a breast surgeon. Even after diagnosis, I could not feel my 2.5 cm. lump. My GP told me to stop trying to feel for it. Good advice.
2. Please describe to me what exactly your lump felt like to you or your doctor. N/A
3. Is there a family history? My aunt & my mother both had breast cancer, but both post-menopausally. Mine was pre-menopausal. Waiting on BRAC testing, but pretty much rule out genetics on this one...
Jul 15, 2009 07:19 PM AnneN wrote:
I both did and didn't find my lump. I found a lump in 2006; mammogram was inconclusive; follow-up ultrasound seemed to show it was a benign cyst.
A lot was going on in my life, I was busy, so I quit thinking about it. In 2009 my primary care doctor reviewed my chart and reminded me that I was way overdue for a mammogram since I hadn't had one since that 2006 mammogram. "You're right," I said, and scheduled one right away. At the time I had no symptoms at all.
But the pressure from the mammogram surfaced the tumor, and three days after the mammogram the breast was painful and red. Then I could feel the lump. Mammogram report came back "additional imaging needed." Then an MRI found a 6.7 cm tumor. I was referred to an oncologist who promptly ordered a PET/CT scan that showed it had already spread to my bones and possibly my lungs (lung spots are too tiny to tell if they're cancer).
My oncologist thinks they should have biopsied the lump I found back in 2006. She says any time there's a lump the mammogram technician can feel, "they should stick a needle in it." She said "Sometimes the imaging is wrong."
Please get a biopsy. My therapy is going well, but I sure wish we'd caught this in 2006.
Jul 20, 2009 03:57 PM PauldingMom wrote:Found mine myself. Up high, twelve noon, and it was oblong in shape didn't move and was tender to the touch. I thought it was a swollen gland because I had recently had strep throat. What makes me angry is that my local ACS doesn't make those little plastic signs that you can put in your shower to remind you to do self exams. The woman I spoke with said they no longer "encouraged" self exam because so many women were doing that INSTEAD of getting a mamogram. So a few ruined it for the rest. I am teaching my daughter to do self exams. If anyone knows where to get these little signs, please PM me.
Jul 21, 2009 11:15 PM rockysmom wrote:
Found mine on my own. I was a couple months late in scheduling my mamo, so thought I'd better do a self check. Dr didn't see it on mamo, but showed on ultrasound
Mine felt like a lima bean, yep, exactly like a lima bean- shape, size, firmness
My Mother had BC and did pass away from BC mets. Other than that, no family history.
Jul 21, 2009 11:35 PM, edited Jul 21, 2009 11:41 PM by terrij152
My mom and sister were diagnosed with BC last year, a month apart from each other. I found a lump 2.5 cm right after the holidays. I've had several lumps before that were benign. This one felt the same to me, moved around a lot. When I had my mammogram and they were putting the marker over the lump, the lump kept slipping out from under the marker when they would compress the plates. The tech and radiologist both said this was a good sign, yet after my biopsy a month later it came up positive for cancer, ugh!
I tested negative for the BRCA genetic mutation. Before my mom and sister were diagnosed last year we have no family history of breast cancer, go figure.
Jul 22, 2009 12:09 AM TexasRose wrote:
I found my lump myself. I woke up one morning and my breast hurt. I felt the lump the minute I put my hand on it and like others have said, I knew in my heart it was BC the minute I felt it.
It felt hard, large, painful and tender and didn't move. It ended up being 2.5 cm.
Two maternal aunts have had BC, one of them twice. Both were diagnosed early stage and are NED now. My mom had colon cancer, also diagnosed early and 5 years NED. No other cancer in my immediate family.
May 21, 2012 05:06 PM lisee63 wrote:
I found a lump in my breast, after I had a dull throbbing pain. It feels about the size of a grape, located 12 oclock in my left breast. My doctor felt gritty lymph nodes under my arm. My doctor started me on an antibiotic, ultrasound and mammogram scheduled later this week. Pain remains, kinda worried.
May 21, 2012 05:16 PM purple32 wrote:
My lump could not be felt. I have NO familiy history of BC. My GYN dr. could not feel my lump.
At this point, I have had a BS , RO and MO feel for it. It was not palpable - it was deep in the chest wall. My mammo got it.
Good luck to you!