Asymmetrical area on one breast?
I recently had a diagnostic mammo and ultrasound of one breast for a lump. Nothing was seen in the area of the breast lump but one of the images showed an area that the radiologist wanted more images of so they repeated the 2 original images and then a spot compression before sending me off for the ultrasound, which found nothing. When I asked the tech why more images were needed she said that the radiologist mentioned that perhaps there was some overlapping tissue and he wanted a clearer picture and yesterday when I spoke to the doctor's office it was referred to as "an area of asymmetry" and now I need to go in for a mammogram with contrast. After more reading about possible causes of an area of asymmetry on one breast, I did see that overlapping tissue is a possibility but the extra images and mainly the spot compression should have resolved that so I'm really worried as to why I am being sent for the mammo with contrast.
How concerning is an area of asymmetry? I thought perhaps the mammo with contrast was to investigate the lump that wasn't seen on mammo or ultrasound but from what I was told it is for a better look at the asymmetry in another part of the breast unrelated to the lump. Having just watched my mother take her last breath a few months ago because of breast cancer, I am more than freaked out at this point.