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Should I request for a biopsy?

By October 2, 2014 - 12:37am
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My family has a history of breast cancer. My grandmother and her sister, my mother and her sister, a cousin of mine and my sister who is currently battling this. I just had a mammogram and ultrasound done yesterday with 2 lumps in my left breast and 1 in my right. Radiologist thinks its just swollen lymph nodes. I am concerned.

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Hello anela05,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for reaching out to us with your concern regarding the findings on your recent mammogram.

The location of the lumps is critical. The lymph nodes in the underarm, called the axillary lymph nodes are the first place breast cancer is likely to spread. About 40 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have cancer in their axillary lymph nodes.

Talk with your primary care physician or gynecologist about the mammogram findings and point out your strong family history of breast cancer. Ask if a biopsy is recommended.

I was diagnosed with DCIS (Ductal carcinoma in situ)early stage last spring. It was picked up on a PET Scan, confirmed by mammogram, and type of cancer diagnosed with a biopsy. My personal recommendation is to question and ask for evidence that these lumps are only swollen lymph nodes.


October 2, 2014 - 8:59am
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