Hi! Not sure where this post belongs-let me know if a different forum would be better.
I had a L mastectomy about 11 years ago at age 38 (my account here is still active, AND I guessed the right password!). My first ever mammo showed lots of DCIS all over the place; when I had my mastectomy, they discovered some invasive cells as well, so I was upgraded to stage 1a. The cells were HER2+, ER-, PR-, and a type that was aggressive, I forget the term.
My paternal grandmother died of breast cancer at age 46. I have a first cousin from the same side of the family who developed BC as well, after me (she's ok). Both my Nana's young age and my cousin's (she was in her early-mid 40s) make it more likely (I think) that there was a genetic component involved, although I'm BRCA neg.
In Dec. they saw a cluster of calcifications in my R breast, and a core biopsy showed "ADH, some severe, bordering on DCIS in places", and ALH and LCIS. I had an excisional biopsy last Wed, and I'm waiting to hear the results of that.
So! Given all that, it seems like my risk is now through the roof? I'm considering prophylactic mastectomy, but I don't want to overreact. Mostly, I'm just stressing because I feel like there are decisions to be made and I haven't had the big conversation with my doc yet to get these questions answered.
Anybody with a similar situation? I'm not sure how/if my personal history fits into my risk calculations.
"I suspect that cancer doesn't give a rat's ass whether you have a positive mental attitude. The only reason to have a positive mental attitude is that it makes life better. " --Molly Ivins
8/1/2007, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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