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Breast Cancer

Breast nodule

10/30/2006

Question:

I WENT AND HAD A MAMMOGRAM 1 WEEK AGO I WAS CALLED BY BY PCP AND TOLD THAT THERE WAS A DENSE AREA IN RIGHT BREAST AND I NEEDED TO GO FOR ADDITIONAL PICTURES AND A ULTRASOUND. I HAD MY GYN ONCOLOGIST TO CALL AND GET REPORT AND HIS NURSE SAID THAT THERE WAS A NODULE IN RIGHT BREAST. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? I HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING SOME PAIN IN THE RIGHT BREAST IN THE PAST AND NOW. I AM 46 YEARS OLD W/ FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER. I HAD AN HYSTERECTOMY AT 29 FOR CERVICAL CANCER AND I STILL HAVE MY OVARIES. I DO NOT GET A MONTHLY.

Answer:

You most likely had a screening mammogram (2 images each of both breasts) and there was an area that needed to be further evaluated found on the right. They are calling you back in for a diagnostic workup (further compression or magnification views and an ultrasound) to evaluate this area. An increased density can be anything from overlapping normal breast tissue, to a cyst or fibroadenoma, to cancer. The description you have thus far is too vague to make any assumptions.

Given your family history and this abnormality seen on mammo, I recommend that you proceed with the workup and any biopsy that might be recommended. It is also a good idea to speak to a specialist (surgical oncologist/breast surgeon) to discuss your personal risk status, given your history and your family history, even if all of this turns out to be benign.

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Response by:

Jennifer B Manders, MD Jennifer B Manders, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati