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breast biopsy in a few days and terrified

By Anonymous September 25, 2009 - 7:41pm
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I'm 38 and recently found a lump in my left breast. I found it because it was uncomfortable when I laid on my left side. The surrounding breast tissue is lumpy also, but nothing as large as the one lump. My mammogram and ultrasound were negative. Obviously I'm worried it's cancer but can't understand why it didn't show up on imaging. My doctor and the radiologist felt the lump too.
What are the other possibilities besides cancer?

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Yay! Yay! This is awesome news. I am so happy for you. I know how worried you were; you must now feel that a 50-pound weight has been lifted from your shoulders. What a wonderful outcome. Thank you for the update!

September 30, 2009 - 10:03am
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Hi there! Can you hear me woo hoo-ing and see me jumping up and down? I am so excited for you! That is such great news and I can totally sense the relief in your post. I bet you feel so much better. I am so proud of you for taking the brave step of getting the biopsy and following through in being proactive about your health--way to go! So was it hiding behind something and not showing up on the images but could be felt? It's also great that you are aware of your body and that you noticed that something was amiss. Thank you for sharing your story here with us! Big hugs to you, Michelle

September 29, 2009 - 9:57pm
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I got my biopsy results back today. It's a fibroadenoma and completely benign. I'm so relieved! I'm also very glad I pursued the biopsy. I've had a number of friends and co-workers battle breast cancer. It's not worth taking chances. This was definitely enough to scare me into getting annual mammograms. Thank you so much for your information and support!

September 29, 2009 - 7:40pm
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Hello there and welcome to EmpowHer!

Thank you so much for visiting the website and for posting your question to us here. I don't blame you for feeling frightened about the lump you feel in your breast--I think any type of odd lump or change in our breasts will always be cause for alarm. I'm glad you followed up with your physician and have undergone testing and it's great that the mammogram and ultrasound have both been negative.

I once read that a huge number of lumps turn out to be non-cancerous so you definitely seem to have statistics on your side. I also know a lot of women who have had lumps that turned out to be benign cysts; did your doctor or radiologist suggest that as a possibility to you? It's good that your are having the biopsy even though I know it is difficult to wait during all of the testing.

Here is a link to the page on EmpowHer about benign cysts:


Would you please post again after you've had your biopsy to let us know what the results are? We'll all be thinking if you in the meantime. If you need any other information please let us know. Big hugs to you, Michelle

September 25, 2009 - 11:07pm
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