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1st mammogram recall questions

Hello hope somebody can help, 50 year old woman living in UK had routine first mammogram. I was called back week later for recheck, when I arrived was told they had found small lump on left breast. I was told my breasts aren't dense so it was quite clear.  I then had 2nd mammogram and was told to wait in room for results. SaI then saw breast surgeon who examined my breasts and said they appeared to be fine with him but a senior radiographer would come in to do ultrasound to locate lump. Dhr then came in and explained to me that it was quite small about 4mm so would take a while to find it.  She was very thorough but after searching for while couldn't locate it, she then advised me to have stereotactic biopsy to be safe. Twrnty minutes later I went for biopsy, but after searching for while the radiologists told me they couldn't locate lump.  The senior radiologist said this sometimes happens but would present my case in their weekly meeting and discuss what to do, she was very thorough in her work and suggested it best to come back in 6 months time for recheck but once she had discussed my case in the weekly meeting would come back to me.  I then asked a nurse there how had it disappeared she did say it could have just been a tissue that overlapped, but I cannot understand if that is the case how could it do that twice previously. My questions are can  'benign lumps disappear like this is can the pressure of the mammography machine squeeze them apart, or if not and it is something worse can I afford to wait for 6 months if something suspicious is there but they cannot locate. Sorr for rambling but iam obviously happy it has gone just want to have peace of mind thanks

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587083 tn?1327120262
Hi,
Since the lump is very tiny and cannot be located by either Ultrasound or a biopsy I think waiting 6 months to follow-up is not too long, but if you are worried you can always talk to the radiologist to do the recheck earlier.
I also don’t think that the abnormality seen on film was an overlapped breast tissue, because it should have disappeared when you had the second diagnostic Mammogram.
I hope the senior radiologist will soon inform you if this problem can be resolved in a different way after she meets with her colleagues.
I have read and heard many times that simple breast cysts (Fluid filled sacs) can sometime rupture with mammogram compression, so if the lump is really a cyst, it could disappear. However if the lump is solid like a fibroadenoma, it would not go away upon compression.
I wish you good luck and I hope you get good news very soon.
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Thanks very much for your quick reply, I will contact them next week after their meeting to see what they have decided.  Once again thanks very much and best wishes
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Just to keep you informed the breast nurse called back today and they have decided to re scan me next month (that will be 3 months after my first screening) they don't think it is anything to be concerned about but would prefer to scan then rather than wait 3 years. I am pleased as at least now I don't have to wait another 6 months as I don't think my nerves would stand it.  Again best wishes
587083 tn?1327120262
Thank you very much for updating us :)
I am glad that the Radiologist is going to recheck this little lump next month. There is nothing better than having peace of mind and I hope that you won't have to worry about anything!
Wishing you all the best..
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