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Needle biopsy vs. 6 month follow-up

I'm a 47 year old who got first call back ever on a mammogram. I've been getting yearly screening since age 40 but got a 3D picture this year which showed 8mm mass in left breast. Beast tissue is dense. Follow-up ultrasound was recommended. Went today and told likely (97-98% sure) benign but some sharp lines. Two benign and likely fiber cystic areas also found on ultrasound in close proximity. Radiologist recommended follow-up in 6 months to monitor for changes but also offered needle biopsy as option. Stated 6 month follow-up was official recommendation. Small family history of breast cancer, maternal Aunt diagnosed in her 80s and Mom's 1st degree cousin (niece to Aunt not her daughter). anyone else given this option? recommendations? Thanks in advance for any and all responses.
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587083 tn?1327120262
You can choose to trust what the radiologist tells you that the little lump is most likely to be benign. Experienced Radiologists are quite able to identify if a breast abnormality is concerning or not.. But if you feel you're going to spend the next 6 months being stressed then go ahead with the biopsy  .
We have indeed heard of many cases that were given the same options your Radiologist has given you. Of course doctors don't want to perform unnecessary biopsies, but to be 100% sure and for your peace of mind, you should consider it .
Take care…
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Thanks for such a quick response! Have to remind myself I also don't have to decide right this minute...
587083 tn?1327120262
You are welcome,
Of course  not….In your situation,the danger of waiting, statistically speaking, is very low.
Whatever you decide to do, I wish you well and a favorable outcome :)
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