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Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2010 04:10PM, edited Aug 20, 2013 06:04AM by karmen31

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Nov 1, 2010 04:24PM lauri wrote:

Karmen, here's what I would say to my daughter (age 30):

Honey, when you see the doctor, make sure he/she knows that your mother, your aunt and your grandmother all had breast cancer.  At your age, breast tissue can be very dense making it hard to see anything on mammograms. 

Many women have lumps that are cysts or other benign lumps -- but push your doctor for an ultrasound or MRI. 

And call home more often !!

From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success Dx 3/8/2006, ILC, 6cm+, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, 11/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 1, 2010 07:49PM mawhinney wrote:

You may have fluid filled cysts that often cause pain. A needle aspiration done in the office can drain the fluid. The fluid will be tested but most often is benign. I have had cysts for over 30 years. Giving up caffiene greatly reduced the number of cysts I have had. 

What type of doctor are you seeing? Consider seeing a gyn rather than a general practioner. With your family history it would be better to see a doctor that has a special interest in breast health rather than a GP.  I

Dx 5/18/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 2, 2010 01:42PM vickibeer wrote:

Hi Karmen so sorry to hear your troubles,i had breast pain and found a lump at 30,i to felt the doctors would not take me seriously as i am young and no family history i left it a few weeks and the lump got bigger,i had grade 2 breast cancer,PLEASE do not think that is what you have cysts and fybriods are common in women in there 30s,make sure you are checked properly and if you are not satisfied keep on at them, my consultant wasnt worrid about my  lump and i begged him for a scan.Good luck with your appointment

Dx 1/21/2010, IDC, 2cm, Grade 2, 1/12 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 2, 2010 01:52PM meme31 wrote:

Yes it can be difficult to get you to be taken serioulsy becuase of your age.  I'm 31 as well and am having some testing done because of a small lump by gyn found-she just told me to watch it and after a month i decided to have it looked into.  It has been lots of trouble but i don't have a bc history in my family and you do so that might make a difference. Everyone on here says only a biopsy can decide if something is cancer or not so be persistant and don't let the professionals decide your fate for you.  They also say that 80% of all biopsied lumps are benign so that is in our favor.  The waiting sucks and you have to try and relax if possible and distract yourself.  And i have read many posts on here about their bc being painful so that is just not true.  Good luck and i have been questioning my little lump everyday since it was found-really there or not so don't feel alone-i think it only natural to question ourselves in a stressful situation.  You can also post on the not diagnosed but worried forum-that's what i have been on.  Good luck and good thoughts!

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Nov 2, 2010 02:07PM Cydz wrote:

Not to scare you, I too had pain with my lump. It was sharp and stabbing. That said, you just need to get it checked out, especially if there is a history of bc in your family. Alot of women have lumps that come back b9, so don't get ahead of yourself with worry. It is important however to not wait! If they don't take you seriously, make alot of noise, it is your life and your body you are trying to take care of. Best of luck

BRCA1+ Recon with TE 5/28/10 Exchange surgery completed 9/1/10 dx with stage 1 melanoma 6/09 Prophylactic oophorectomy 12/10 Dx 4/13/2009, IDC, 3cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 2, 2010 05:27PM BrandyB wrote:

I agree with everyone.  See your Gyn, be very persistant.  Do not sway from your desire to have answers.  They'll probably give you a mamogram and ultrasound.  You are probably fine and healthy, but please follow your gut.  Insist and persist.  You can't be the craziest person a doctor's ever seen, that would be me... :-)


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Nov 2, 2010 05:53PM Cydz wrote:

Brandy, I may have to arm wrestle you for the craziest person title!!!Tongue out
BRCA1+ Recon with TE 5/28/10 Exchange surgery completed 9/1/10 dx with stage 1 melanoma 6/09 Prophylactic oophorectomy 12/10 Dx 4/13/2009, IDC, 3cm, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, mets, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Nov 2, 2010 09:16PM karmen31 wrote:

Thanks to each and everyone of you for your replies it helps so much to have other opinons and stories to read and share in I will keep you all updated on how the apppointment goes and I will be thinking about each of you when I am there. Thanks again and God bless each of you.Smile
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Nov 5, 2010 10:41PM tacotime wrote:

yep you need to see the dr....I was unfortunate when I disovered something and my male dr at the time told me i was to young so it went undetected for another 3 yrs ? i ended up havinf breast cancer and it hurt in the spot where the mamogram held my breast...i had to have a mri to prove that this is what it was..they could not see..then a biopsy...that was ok, but it turnrd out to be inflittrating lobular carcinoma in situ which means it was stationary....it was a slow growing cancer and by or in the milk ducts...? My cancer is estrogen positve..which was feeding off of the esrtogen...that made it grow.   so if at all possible avoid sugars.. they say that alcohol is one of the factors if you have breast cancer in your family...that you might be doubling or trippling the amount of chance to get it if you consume quite regularly...?   Do not let them tell u you are to young...be forward with these dr's...i now and have had a very good lady dr primary,...lady Onocologist and had a lady surgeon who had had cancer herself and is well. I am three times blessed to have these ladies on my team!  I had taken both breasts instead of doing a lumptecomy...if i had it would of reocurred being as they found other cancer cells in the surrounding breast tissue and the other as a precautionary..because it could resurface in the other one as well. now all i worry about is the Se of the pills I have to take, because i am not out of the woods yet. Chemo first then surgery...had both Breasts removed.....March 20. 2007 and cancer free for three yrs waiting the 5 yr mark to hopefully finally be off of everyting.  So..please do not be afraid, there are many groups out there to help you through, but I am betting you do not have anything....let us know please  I can tell you if your skin itches please do not scratch it or nipple...could be dried milk or something else and do not take a chance on opening up or breaking the skin if it is....it can also feel rough like an orange...your skin

taco time Dx 10/5/2006, LCIS, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/14 nodes, ER+
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Nov 7, 2010 10:41AM cdeveney965 wrote:

Hey there, I also had pain in my right breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer. I just found out that it came back and am scared to death as well and dont want to loose my breasts, however as sure you do have loved ones who want me to fight so thats what I am doing, good luck on your docs appt and hope to hear how it goes

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Nov 12, 2010 03:01PM Deannie wrote:

Two years ago i had found a few places in my left Breast .Had the needle aspiration done and it was decided after that to go in and have them removed.All were B9 but as of recent i just found a large lump in my right breast so here we go again.Please have it looked after soon .Do not wait .My Mother had to have a mastectomy in her fortites due to putting it off longer then she should have .

Deannie Dx
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Nov 15, 2010 10:09AM tacotime wrote:

 Hi...I really did not want to lose my breats either ..but when it came down to weather or nto I wanted to play with my life that way...i went with taking them off...the left one as an eletive..beacuse it could return in other breast.....it was a good decision in long run ..because they found other cancer cells in the surounding breast that had the lump...and they felt they could of done a lumpectomy....I said no....I did not want to wait 5 yrs and see if it comes back.....I would not want to do chemo again!  breasts are just cosmic...and have no real value for your life.....guys really do not care if they like you....I have found that out....I got used to not having them....they don't hurt anymore or itch....or even get hard nipples whenn it is cold...ha ha....I though about maybe getting them tatooed....but if I do that will be way later.....it does not bother me at all anymore....Good luck..most important is your life, not breasts. God Bless  

taco time Dx 10/5/2006, LCIS, Stage II, Grade 1, 0/14 nodes, ER+