How are you? There are risk factors that make one more susceptible to breast cancer such as age, personal or family history of breast cancer, genetic predisposition, radiation exposure, early onset of menstrual cycle, first pregnancy at an older age, smoking, or alcohol intake (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/DS00328/DSECTION=4)
Otherwise, you don't have to worry at all.
There are plenty of articles about normal breasts and benign diseases and aging. These links may be helpful:
I hope this helps. Take care and keep us posted.
Thank you - those links were helpful. I feel about eighty percent sure that this is probably either a normal aging thing or something that's normal for me that I've just never noticed before. Still, I'm glad my doctor will be checking it out soon. Thank you for your answer!
I'm glad i could be of help. It is always good to be vigilant with our health. There are plenty of on-line resources that could help erase any doubts. God bless on your next consultation with your doctor.
Take care and keep us posted.
Thank you again! I just got back from the doctor, and everything seems to be fine. She could not feel anything unusual in the area of concern, and couldn't see the wrinkle/shadow either, even when I sat up and flexed the way I've been doing. I specifically asked if this could be a dimple, and she said definitely not. All she could see were some skin markings - stretch marks, age spots, chicken pox scars, whatever. I wish she had been able to see what I was talking about, but on the other hand, maybe it's good that she couldn't!
It's possible I should have been more insistent about it - asked her to shine a bright light, gotten a second opinion, demanded a diagnostic workup at the local state of the art breast care center (I've been there twice in the past 3 years for fibroadenomas and pain.) I suppose I could still do that.
But I think there comes at point at which I just have to trust my doctor. She's done THOUSANDS of breast exams, and she's seen breast cancer, dimples, stretch marks, normal tissue variations, and who knows what else. If she says I'm OK, I just have to go with that, especially if there's not even a lump underneath. From past experience, I know that a mammogram would show only "heterogeneously dense fibroglandular tissue." True, they do an EXTREMELY thorough breast inspection over there, but the thing is ... I can do that myself.
And that's the other person I have to trust: myself. The fibrocystic dramas of the past few years have gotten me so on edge that the word that best describes my attitude toward my breasts is "phobic." Or maybe "paranoid." I've been avoiding BSEs because I'm just so afraid of finding something, and that HAS to stop. Immediately. Doctors are experts on breasts in general, but I am the only one who can be an expert on my particular pair, and the only way to do that is to do BSEs. I'm going to do one today, actually, because now I know for sure that everything's OK.
Having said all that ... I still don't know what this particular thing is. But I do have a theory, and I'd love for an expert to tell me whether it's possible or if I'm just inventing reassurance:
If breasts are composed of lobes and sections of glandular tissue and fat, it seems like there would separations between the sections, like the sections of an orange. A peeled orange looks bumpy, and maybe under the skin, a breast does too,especially a fibrocystic one. When I flex the muscles, I can see that particular separation more clearly, along with other areas of separation in the same area - AND in the same general area on the other breast (along the side/under the arm.) For whatever reason - age, gravity, working out (I've lost fat and gained pectoral muscle) the separation between two of the sections has become a bit more distinct, just enough so I can see a shadow when I'm NOT flexed if I'm standing in just the right position and the light is just right. It definitely seems affected by gravity, in any case, because it completely disappears when I raise my arms over my head or if I bend over and look straight down at the floor. I also notice it less in the early morning, when I've been lying horizontal for 8 hours and gravity hasn't had a chance to take a toll. So I really do think it's normal for me, either something I've never noticed before or something that just happens with age. What do you experts thing ... is this a possibility?
How are you? Your theory seems to be plausible. You were able to relate the cause and effect or the relationship why your breast seems to be that way. Your analogy with an orange is a very good one.This is a good thing because you are more equipped with better understanding and insight on what happens with your own body. With your new found trust in your self, you can now learn to trust and accept other people like your doctor more easily.
Take care and all the best!