Last week Ihad my first mamogram (I am 37). Six biopsies and one lumpectomy later my surgeon said I had radial scarring? What is this? Am I at higher risk for breast cancer in the future? Where can I read more about this condition. Also is it "normal" not to be very happy..... I just got used to the fact that I had cancer and now still feel like I am in a dream........
Dear RN1966: A radial scar is a benign finding. Doctors are not sure how radial scars develop in the breast. They cannot be seen with the naked eye, nor can they be felt in a breast exam. Their name comes from the way they look under the microscope. Compared to normal breast tissue, which shows random clusters of ducts surrounded by supporting connective tissue, radial scars have a core of apparently scarred tissue surrounded by ducts radiating out from the center.
There has been one study that suggests that the presence of radial scars may increase the risk of developing breast cancer. This is especially true in women with other risk factors. You should discuss with your doctor, preferably a breast specialist, your risk factors and any recommendations for future surveillance.
Regarding your "emotions," It is not uncommon to feel let down, when you might expect to feel happy. This situations are stressful and your mind goes through all sorts of scenarios in trying to cope. In time, you will likely feel more like your self.
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