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Being at high risk for breast cancer

By February 9, 2013 - 12:37pm

I had mammogram back in December that came back with having micro-
calsifications (clusters of 3 areas) came back benign, but they found 2 other
abnormal cells. I was diagnosed with having LCIS and FEA . Recently I
had a lumpectomy which came back with no other additional findings
which so relieving to me. My fathers sisters and their daughters have had
breast cancer and o e has passed away, but nothing on my mom's side.
I certainly do not want to take medications and to get checked out
every 4-6 months for my doctor to tell me I have to have more biopsy's
and more lumpectomy's. I have decided that being at high risk for breast
cancer to have a double masectomy. My family and most of my friends
are very supportive of my decision. Not only that my mother in law had
breast cancer and I worry about my daughters.
In any case I was just wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation
and if you could be helpful.Thanks for taking the time to read my message.

By HERWriter Guide February 19, 2013 - 11:12am

Thank you Emily2, for your advice and for your first person account. We need more women like you here on EmpowHER!

Mae, we wish you the best of luck in your decision.


February 19, 2013 - 11:12am
By February 13, 2013 - 4:50pm

Hi Mae,
I had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy 6 months ago for a family history of breast cancer. It was not a good experience. The physical and emotional toll was far more than I was prepared for. I also took tamoxifen for several years and had frequent mammograms and mri's before I decided to have the surgery and justI couldn't feel like a sitting duck any longer. I've been very hesitant to share my feelings about the experience until now. As a gynecologist myself and knowledge of your condition, despite my personal negative experience, I would recommend you have a mastectomy. That is what I suggest if you were my sister. If you wait to get the cancer diagnosis you can never go back and make a different decision. But mastectomy isn't simple. I'd recommend you join a support group and consider seeing a therapist. It was the hardest thing I've ever been through, and that's coming from a woman who has watched nearly all of her female family members suffer from breast cancer. I wish you strength.

February 13, 2013 - 4:50pm

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