I just turned 27 last week. two years ago I noticed a strange dimple in my right breast when I flexed and decided to go in for a check because of a strong family history. My maternal grandmother and maternal aunt both had breast cancer (they and my mother were negative for any of the BRCA genes).
-Basically at the time (2016) they found two tumors via ultrasound and mammogram, I had a core needle biopsy on the big one and it came back as a fibroadenoma.
-Had my 6month follow up and the smaller tumor had grown and there was a new one. Had a second core needle biopsy, same results as before.
-Went in AGAIN for 6month follow up and had felt a new lump now on my left side, just before I made my appointment. New lump on left side ended up being a cyst that they drained. But the check up back on the right side had yet another new growth and one of the old growths had grown rapidly. Biopsy came back as yet another fibroadenoma. So in total I think I have at least 6 or 7 growths in my right breast.
I was on oral birth control from age 16-26, and recently just had the Kylena IUD placed. It gives off less hormones than the pill apparently, so I am hoping they might start shrinking?
I am very very lucky all results have come back negative, but then why do I feel like I'm a ticking time bomb whenever I go back in to these appointments?
I decided I was sick of the repetitive tests causing so much stress and how much each appointment was costing me and made an appointment with a breast surgeon. She wants to do an MRI (makes me nervous something new will be found) then probably take out the largest growth via surgery (lumpectomy?). She calculated my risk with all the family history and my early first period (age 11), no children, very dense breasts, large size (G), and it came back as High risk, 22%. Where a yearly MRI was recommended but she doesn't think that is necessary.
I have so much fear and anxiety over all of this I feel like I am going to make myself sick. I guess I don't really know exactly what I am asking, but just looking for anyone to relate to. I am terrified of scaring after the removal, the medical bills, the potential of them just to keep growing and to just keep needing a new one removed, or if I am just killing time until the inevitable.
I work in the medical field and have heard somewhat of how trauma to the area could somehow end up leading to cancer...by having all of these biopsies and any removals, am I adding yet another factor to increase my breast cancer risk?
This forum is amazing and reading all of your posts and how much all of you beautiful people who have been diagnosed encourage and help each other on here is really great. I feel stupid for posting worries that mean nothing compared to actually being diagnosed, but I can't curb this anxiety!
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