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Posted on: Mar 19, 2008 12:41AM

klo289 wrote:

In reading another post, I noticed someone mentioning prominent veins on her breast in connection with invasive lubolar cancer.  This made me very curious, because I recently had an u/s and mammo to check on a lump.  The lump did not show up on either test.  They are now saying that it is just breast thickening in that area.  I have read how ivc is often not seen on u/s or mammo and is often mistaken for breast thickening.  I was curious as to if anyone knows what the signifigance of the veins being prominent on the breast are.  For several months, I have noticed that the veins on that particular breast are very bright and noticable.  One vein in particular is bright blue and raised....almost looks as if someone has drawn it on with a marker.  You can barely see any of the veins in my other breast.  I have found it odd for quite a while that this vein looks like that....now I am wondering if it is something that I should point out to my doctor.  Thanks.

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Mar 19, 2008 08:14AM TenderIsOurMight wrote:

Dear Kio,

Follow you instinct on seeking additional medical evaluation for your breast. Rarely, an increase in veins or vein size can be associated with underlying breast pathology (manifesting an increase need for blood supply), and your doctors should be able to acknowledge this. Asymmetry of veins with the other breast is a reason to point out this vein, as is your prior workup, ending in being told you have a region of breast thickening. At your followup visit, you may raise the issue of thickening and vein and the possibility of whether underlying lobular disease may be present and question how further could your breast be evaluated. Perhaps an MRI is in order. A biopsy of the thickening seems mandatory if clinically present, as then only do you get tissue to be given a pathologic diagnosis. If you receive inadequate answers or feel brushed off, seek a breast cancer second opinion.

The odds are in favor of a benign diagnosis, yet you are right to keep a sharp lookout, and return with your keen observation. When it comes to breast disease evaluation, all patients who advocate for thoroughness, while frequently hard to speak up for ourselves to a busy doctor, will come out ahead in the diagnosis time frame.

I wish you well and hope you will post more on your situation. I see you are relatively new here at breastcancer.org. Welcome. You've found a great group of support and experience and an excellent informative site on breast disease.

All the best to you,

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