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BIRADS 4, biopsy next week

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Hi all, I'm a 35 yr old F with family history of BC on my mothers side; a aunt and a cousin (not mother/daughter). I have been having pain in my L breast off/on, no palpable lump, but had mammo/ultrasound to be safe, which showed; 8mmx7mmx3mm solid mass with lobular margins, parallel, no enhanced through transmission or high attenuation shadowing. Also have two additional tiny spots 2mm and 3mm that are far posterior, too small and too deep for ultrasound to assess. Lymph nodes are completely fine. Im a BIRADS 4, getting the larger mass biopsied next week. They are unsure if this has anything to do with the pain I've been feeling, said it could just be a coincidence. Needless to say my mind has been racing, lots of tears, especially when I look at my 2 children. Going down the Google rabbit hole. I've been having upper L back, shoulder and sometimes arm pain for same length of time, but breast specialist does not think its related. In my mind of course I'm thinking it's spread.....and I don't even have a diagnosis yet. Praying it's just muscular related. Reading others stories on this forum has helped me out soo much, that I wanted to share my story in hopes that it would help someone not feel alone during a terrifying time. I have health anxiety as it is.....but its really through the roof now! Should know by next Fri. Feels like forever.

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  • sarahmaude
    sarahmaude Member Posts: 338
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    I'm sorry you are going through this phase of worrying right now. I'll say that most breast cancer lumps are painless. What they are seeing for you is tiny, so if it is cancer, it's highly likely to be very early stage and will be treated with curative intent.

    Also, BIRADS 4 isn't BIRADS 5, which is what I had, so it's reasonably likely to turn out to be benign. You are doing all the right things in getting checked out. As you go through the waiting game, I recommend spending as much time as you can doing things you enjoy. Distraction is our friend during the slow process of getting answers!

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,865
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    In addition to sarahmaude’s comment, I wanted to address spreading. Breast cancer, with rare exceptions, is very slow growing. Most research indicates that breast cancer may grow for many years before it is large enough to be detected on imaging (unfortunately no blood tests can detect it). What this means is that it is highly, highly unlikely to have spread beyond your breast. Only a small number of new diagnoses, about 6%, are metastatic from the start (de novo), so that should allay your fears a bit.

    Your worry is not only understandable but completely normal. It’s very difficult not to worry as you wait but birads 4 is favorable and metastasis is very unlikely. Take care

  • lumae88
    lumae88 Member Posts: 4
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    @sarahmaude @exbrnxgrl Thank you both so much for your kind and helpful words......It means so much to me. I've definitely been trying to distract myself, keep myself busy with work and kids. But those dark thoughts and the "what ifs" just creep right in. One second im okish, and then the next im hiding in the bathroom to shed a few tears. Its a rollercoaster to say the least.

  • moderators
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    We're so sorry you find yourself here with this worry, @lumae88, we know how overwhelming it is and how much anxiety you must be feeling. You've gotten some very helpful responses from @sarahmaude and @exbrnxgrl, but we just wanted to let you know that we're here for you. Please keep us posted on how the biopsy goes, you're in our thoughts!

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  • lumae88
    lumae88 Member Posts: 4
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    Biopsy was done today, didn't feel a thing! Now to continue waiting.....

  • amandagp
    amandagp Member Posts: 1
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    Keep me posted I've had my biopsy done and 5 different scans but then my hospital got cyber attack and well….mid December they assume before I'll have my results.

  • moderators
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    @amandagp, welcome to BC.org, we're glad you found us! We're so sorry to hear about the delay due to the cyber attack. That must be incredibly frustrating. 😕

    @lumae88, glad to hear the biopsy went smoothly for you, and it's awesome that you didn't feel a thing.

    Wishing you both the best of luck with the biopsy results. Please keep us posted!

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  • lumae88
    lumae88 Member Posts: 4
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    Breast specialist called me today; it is a benign fibroadenoma. These past 2 weeks have been challenging to say the least, but this forum and all your feedback has helped get me through, thank you! Prayers to all.

  • moderators
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    Wonderful news, @lumae88!! Thanks for coming back to give us an update!

    Stay well,

    —The Mods

  • sarahmaude
    sarahmaude Member Posts: 338
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    @lumae88 Happy dancing for you! What good news.