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Topic: Enhancing focus in breast skin - MRI w/ contrast

Forum: Benign Breast Conditions —

A safe place to discuss benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions. Benign breast conditions are unusual growths or other changes in the breast tissue that are not cancer, though some may be associated with an increase in breast cancer risk. Benign breast conditions are quite common.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2020 11:19AM - edited Nov 24, 2020 11:19AM by SarahsMom

SarahsMom wrote:

Hi ladies! I haven't been out here for a while. The boards were a lifesaver for me in 2007 when I had a ductal excision while stationed overseas. Since then, I've had many different benign things happening and have popped in and out of this site for advice from you fabulous ladies. I started the formerly popular thread "Members of the 6 Month Watchful Waiting Club Unite" :-)

I am high risk (haven't had the BRCA yet, but many female family members with BC), so have a mammo and exam in May and an MRI w/ contrast in November to keep an eye on things, small isolated calcs. etc.

This time around there was good news - 2 prior foci of enhancements (1 in each breast) have "resolved" - which means my dense breasts and other MRI anomalies showed something which wasn't there, and the technology is likely improving. I never really obsessed over these, so glad I didn't! Hope this is something positive for those of you with this issue.

This time, the report said something new - "There is enhancing focus in the skin of the right breast, lower outer quadrant and another in the skin of the right breast, upper inner quadrant. There is no abnormal enhancing mass or architectural enhancement to suggest malignancy. Recommend clinical correlation and direct visualization."

I've been doing a little reading about this, possibly it's a thickening in the skin or the dermis, or sometimes seen as a pre-curser to IBC? Again, I'm not freaking out seeing how I've had busy breasts for 13 years now. But just curious. Will chat with my doc tomorrow and see what she says.

Thanks for any info! Hope you're all doing well during these crazy times.




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Nov 25, 2020 05:28AM LivinLife wrote:

Want to say congrats on the good new you have about resolution. Certainly the skin areas sound concerning. I'm glad you checked in. Please let us know what you find out as you have follow-up...I hope all turns out well... And thank you for your service!

Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Nov 25, 2020 07:47AM MelissaDallas wrote:

The skin could be something as simple as having been itchy and scratching or that you had a (common-same as athletes foot)) fungal infection under your breasts. No reason to go to dark thoughts on that yet

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Feb 23, 2021 04:04PM SarahsMom wrote:

So sorry I am just now checking in to the forums, thank you for your kind note! I went for a follow up ultrasound and they saw nothing concerning. Mammo coming up next month, fingers crossed!

Hope you're doing well :-)

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Feb 23, 2021 04:36PM SarahsMom wrote:

Thank you, Melissa, it was nice seeing your note! We've been out here along time together (I started the Member of the "6 Month Watchful Waiting Club", Unite! group), hope all is well!




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