Hi, during a routine breast exam, I located a lump that was in the 8-9 o'clock position. It was pea-sized. I watched it over the last couple of months and it didn't change size, but two of my aunts on my mothers' side have had breast cancer, so I decided I needed to get it checked out.
I had a regular breast exam and pap smear, with my physician also finding the lump. She recommended me to have a mammogram. I went to a clinic in Rochester, NY that specializes in Breast Cancer...that was yesterday. After many different views of my breasts with the mammogram, the doctor also did an ultrasound. She said that they were just lymph nodes - as a matter of fact, there wasn't just the one I had found, there were two. They measured and they were either .71 or .9 something...not exactly sure. She said that she'd like to see me back in four months. I'm sure that they are monitoring the size of these nodes, but my question is:
What does this mean? Is this a precursor of possible breast cancer? I know that unless the nodes get to be 2cm, generally there is no concern, which mine are definitely under that size, right now. Generally, mammograms are yearly, so I am somewhat concerned as to the four month checkup. Would someone please explain what causes these nodes to be noticed? And, should I be concerned at all? The doctor didn't seem to be very concerned. I have no infection that I am aware of, and really haven't been ill...although I also have fibromyalgia that I have been treating with an herbal tea - calendula.
Thank you in advance for your response.