Topic: Dent in left breast

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2023 11:50PM

Posted on: Mar 18, 2023 11:50PM

cm2023 wrote:


About a year ago I found a lump in my right breast. I had an ultrasound and learned that I have multiple masses and cyst in my right breast. They described them as BIRAD3 and recommend a follow up in 6 months. The follow up noted a size increase in some masses and a few new masses not previously seen. A dr called to discuss the results, said there is nothing to worry about, and mentioned I could elect to have an MRI. I obtained a copy of the report which stated “correlation with MRI is advised to further evaluate masses which have increased in size during interval.” Since I did not read the report prior to speaking with the Dr I did not ask him any questions. After reading the report I was confused by his language which suggested that an MRI was optional vs. the language in the report which sounds more like a strong recommendation. I’m currently waiting on a referral so I can schedule the MRI.

Since finding the lump last year, I’ve become more aware of my breast. I never used to do self exams but now I understand why they are encouraged. This week I noticed a dent in my left breast. It looks like a dent when standing and when I lay down it feels like a hole/gap. Yesterday, I noticed a lump near the dent. It has a weird shape that’s difficult to describe. The lump in my right breast feels like an oval. This one feels like an oval on one side and a raised ball on the other side, it’s uneven, but also small.

Since I am waiting to schedule an MRI I am not sure if it’s even worth mentioning. I also googled (probably shouldn’t have) but I am questioning if what I am seeing could be described as dimpling. I have no redness, no pain, no nipple discharge, and the skin does not look like an orange peel. Since none of those factors are present I was thinking this isn’t dimpling.

I am a military dependent, living in Guam, which can make scheduling a Dr appointment difficult. I don’t want to waste their time or seem crazy for mentioning something that could be normal.

Also, I am 35 so I think that may be considered “young”. I’ve breast feed 4 babies. I lost a 100 pounds between 2019-2021. And I am adopted so I do not know my family history. I mention this to provide context and because I was wondering if this could be a change related to weight loss.

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.


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Mar 19, 2023 02:06PM maggie15 wrote:

cm2023, It's good that you have decided to go forward with the MRI since that should give you a better answer. MRIs tend to show every little thing but it is certainly worth having those variable cysts/masses checked out. Physical symptoms and family history are not accurate diagnostic tools, so stay away from Dr. Google. Waiting to get insurance approval, tests and results is hard, but try not to worry too much. I hope things work out well!

DX 2/15/2021, IDC, Right, 3 cm, stage 2A, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 19, 2023 03:22PM kaynotrealname wrote:

Weight loss can definitely cause changes in one's breasts but any changes should be evaluated anyway. Never just assume with the breast. Hope it is just weight changes and that your MRI occurs soon. Good luck!

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Mar 20, 2023 10:11PM cm2023 wrote:

Thanks for taking the time to read and respond to my post. I’ve made an appointment with my Dr to have the left breast looked a. I am hoping that an in person appointment will expedite the MRI referral process. In the meantime, I’m staying away from Google.

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Mar 20, 2023 10:14PM cm2023 wrote:

kaynotrealname, thanks for responding. The fact that it could be weight loss related is positive however I understand that I shouldn’t assume. I’ve made an appointment. My goal is to not worry because there is no need to now. I’ll post an update when I have one. Thanks again!

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