Hi, I have had pain on the side of my left breast for a few weeks now. My chiropractor has told me pain in the breast can radiate from the back. The pain is under my arm as well. I went to see my GP and she gave me a thorough breast exam. All looked OK and she was not worried but did say that she felt thickening on the side where I have the breast pain. She didnt think there was anything to worry about, but has sent me for a Mammogram just to check things out. I am 40 and have no history of breast cancer in the family. Needless to say, I am a bit worried. Do you think I have anything to worry about?
Dear Deni_b: Without evaluation, it is impossible for us to speculate on the nature of the "thickening." However, the general rule of thumb is that if there is a "lump" that can be felt further evaluation is required. A mammogram may help the doctor to determine if this is just your anatomy or whether additional investigation is necessary. Most breast cancer is not painful.
Hi. Thanks for replying. I am now, however, officially freaking out. I had a mammography and ultrasound conducted today. The radiographer called in the Dr to further evaluate a "nodule" which she thought was probably a "fatty nodule" or a fibroadenoma. The Dr carefully examined and seemed to think that it was a fibroadenoma. I have an appointment with my GP as they recommend follow up. My question is, would they tell me not to worry, that it could just be a fibroadenoma if it wasnt? I am, needless to say, having a big "freak out"!!
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