I am 38, and per the recommendation of my mother's breast cancer doctor I went ahead and had an early mammogram. She said that it would create a baseline for future mammograms to be compared to. It was not quite that simple. Since April, I have had two mammograms (one 2D and one 3D), an ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy, breast seed localization, and excisional biopsy all to remove a radial scar.
I thought all was clear after that, but due to having a radial scar (which was benign) and having a mother who had breast cancer I am now considered high risk. They said that with the algorithms they run I am in the category to be screened every six months. In my head I thought that was fine, I would start going every six months for that one test and all would be well in between.
I went in for an MRI on the 21st and they already sent me for an ultrasound this Monday (the 28th). The radiologist is recommending two biopsies because I have three masses that showed up on the MRI. The third mass would be a complicated procedure because of the depth and proximity to the chest wall muscles so they would leave it. He said they would test the others and if they are fine assume that the third is also fine.
My question is, since they believe the masses to be fibroadenomas that look benign, is there harm in just waiting for my next mammogram in April of 2020 or just ignoring them? My biopsy and the breast seed localization were traumatizing and I am really tired of being poked and prodded. I feel like a baby because I see people going through so many procedures and being so brave and stoic about it, but after that last procedure I can't even fathom being awake for another procedure.
All that to say, I am wondering if waiting is crazy.
And I am also wondering if it is normal to have so many extra tests and procedures? As in, I am 38... should I be expecting to have follow ups for every single mammogram or MRI appointment from here until......??? I think I just had in my head that women go for their one mammogram and for the majority that is it until the next year.
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