I visited my doctor the other day because a have what i thought was a boil under my breast. After examination he told me that i had a dense fiberous tissue in my left breast and immediately made an appoint with the surgical team in two weeks time. I have no pain the only thing that I have notice is that my one breast has got really big over the last few months. Can you explain why I cannot feel the fiberous tissue and why i have been refered to a surgical team. I know i should have asked while in surgery but it all happened so fast it did not sink in.
Dense fibrous tissue would mean non-uniformly dense breast tissue.
Such densities make the mammogram difficult to read or to palpate a definite lump on physical exam. The dense tissue makes it more likely that a cancer might be missed.
The density finding itself is not a risk factor for breast cancer; many women have these changes.
Have you noticed any abnormal features on breast self examination like a breast lump, nipple discharge or skin changes?
These are managed with regular breast self examinations and periodic clinical breast examinations by your physician and 6 monthly or yearly mammograms and ultrasound. In some cases, if a suspicious lesion is suspected, a biopsy is done for a confirmed diagnosis. That must be the reason for referring you to a surgical team - to assess if further investigations are required.
Let us know if you have any other doubts and post us about what your doctor advises.
Thanks for responding. I am 52yrs old, I have had breast surgery 19yrs ago. I was told it was border line cancer and I did not have to have any treatment other than regular check-ups. I have had a sebacious cyst under my left breast and I mentioned to the nurse that my breast was getting very large compared to what it was. From November I have gone from a dd to a f cup on my left breast, my right breast has not changed. Unfortunately when I saw the GP who is also a surgeon I had no idea he would come out with his diagnosis. I check my breast everyday when I shower. They made the appointment there and then at the surgery for 18/3.
Thanks again for taking the time to reply
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