I have had 3 breast biopsies in the last 20 years, two in my right breast, one left. The left biopsy scar( the oldest done 1991) has started puckering in in two places. It is a pretty big scar. The lump was high on the outside almost really in the armpit instead of breast. It has always been perfectly smooth but now has this pulling in. Has anyone else experienced this or know if it's normal. I haven't had a mammogram in 2 years as I lost my medical insurance. I always had to go back every six months but on my last one they said I could wait a year as my calcifications had not changed. I just didn't go back last year because of the cost, in October it will be two years since I had a mammo. I always have an ultrasound along with the mammo. Any thoughts anyone?
I would have said that this could be scar tissue,if the biopsy on your left breast was fairly recent,but I would strongly doubt that it could happen 21 years later.When breast puckering or dimpling occurs,it usually means that something on the inside of the breast is pulling on the skin.This dimpling could be harmless,but you really need to know what's going on and my recommendation is that you consult with a Breast Specialist as soon as possible, to rule out any underlying reasons for this change.
If you have no insurance please call these places listed below.
1)The American Cancer Society. toll-free: 1-800-ACS-2345
2)The United States Government’s National Cancer Institute can direct you to a local resource for free mammograms. Call them toll-free at 1-800-4-CANCER .
3)Susan G. Komen for the Cure provides information on free or low-cost mammograms and other sources of financial assistance. Call toll-free, 800-IM-AWARE
4)The American Breast Cancer Foundation’s Key to Life Breast Cancer Screening Assistance Program provides financial assistance to uninsured and under insured women and men of all ages for breast cancer testing. Call their toll-free enrollment hotline, 877-Key-2-Life (877-539-2543).
Finally, try calling your local hospital. Ask to speak to a social worker. He or she will be the one who’ll know about the availability of free or low-cost cancer screening in your community.
I really hope that this helps and that you'll soon get to see a doctor for evaluation. Whatever you do please don't leave nothing to chance.
Sending you my best wishes..
Thanks and I have scheduled a mammogram for this Friday 8/24. So we shall see. I am sure it is nothing but I guess it is better to be safe than sorry. Thanks again for your input it is much appreciated.
You are most welcome!
I am very glad to know that you have been scheduled for a mammogram,and I am hopeful too that this dimpling will turn out to be nothing to worry about. You are absolutely right that investigating any problem regarding our breasts' health, is the only way to be safe and have peace of mind.
Please let us know,about your mammogram results.We are here to help with any questions you might have.
Again,wishing you all the best!
Went Friday morning to get my mammogram got back to the room with tech and she says "we can't do your mammogram because you wrote on your paper that you were concerned about a certain area of your breast. And you don't have an order from a Dr. So we can't do one. So I didn't get one even though I needed one, especially when having a problem but they said nope can't do it sorry.
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