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Lump in breast

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lulu6867 Tue 21-Jun-11 22:15:17

I found a lump or more of a thickening in my breast sort of across the middle and into the left, the doctor says he can sort of see what I mean and referred me to the Breast Clinic, I have my appointment tomorrow, The thing I am worried about is what if they cant feel anything at the clinic and think I am wasting their time. Will they check it before they give me x rays etc, I don't want to look like a fraud if there is nothing there, but I dont WANT them to find anything if you know what I mean.

YellowDinosaur Tue 21-Jun-11 23:13:54

I work as a doctor in a breast clinic and can tell you that overwhelmingly the most common problem we see is women who have a vague abnormality that you describe that turns out to be nothing.

Thats all fine though. I would personally rather see thousands of ladies like yourself who turn out to have nothing (fingers crossed that that is the case for you) rather than one lady who has sat at home with a breast cancer because she was worried about wasting peoples time.

It is our job to check out and reassure people like yourself. You have found something in your breast that feels different to normal for you and you have done absolutely the right thing to get it checked out. That will almost certainly involved a mammogram and / or and ultrasound scan as it is very difficult to be 100% sure just on examining you. It may also involve a needle test. But you are NOT a fraud if it turns out that there is nothing there.

All the best and fingers crossed that it does indeed turn out to be nothing

smee Wed 22-Jun-11 11:12:45

lulu, you've probably already been to the clinic, just sending you positive vibes. Really hope it's nothing x

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 22-Jun-11 12:15:53

hope it was all ok too x

lulu6867 Wed 22-Jun-11 18:30:09

OK so I went to the breast Clinic today and I had a mamogram, ultrasound and a biopsy. The consultant seemed very confident it was not a malignant lump but he took a biopsy to make sure, he made me feel very comfortable and said I did not need to wait for the result he would call me with them, I think he said something about it being isolated and smooth, not really sure, but he was very nice and all seeems to be ok. They asked me to fill in a form about my family and send it back to them I have done this with the help of my mum, but looking at it i'm afraid we are doomed as a family! My dad had 17 sisters and nearly all of them had cancer. Looks like I will be in for regular check ups, but I think that is a good thing, lets keep on top of it.

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 22-Jun-11 19:40:58

well done for getting through that-and it sounds encouraging - and if it means regular check ups then that is a good thing I think- reassuring anyway. Fingers crossed for good results smile

lulu6867 Wed 22-Jun-11 20:45:37

Thanks for your comments, I just want to let everyone know that even though you think there is nothing to worry about it is best to get it checked out, as you can see from my OP I thought I was wasting their time, turns out I did exactly the right thing and I don't know what I was worried about they were lovely just as yellow dinosaur said they were happy it wasn't too much to worry about. I wish everyone knew that it was so easy to have your mind put at rest. I was at Burton on Trent Queens Hospital and they were absolutely great and very thorough.

smee Wed 22-Jun-11 20:47:57

Brilliant lulu - does sound v. reassuring. You're right, breast clinics are pretty wonderful these days. Hope you don't have to wait too long for results. smile

NoWayNoHow Wed 22-Jun-11 21:52:35

I'm so pleased I just saw this thread, lulu and so glad that it all went well for you.

I, too, found a lump on Monday - GP says it doesn't "feel" cancerous (whatever that means) but that it's still unusual, so he's going to refer me to the breast clinic for what you had.

I was also worried that they might think that I was wasting their time, but I feel so reassured by this thread. Thank you!

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 22-Jun-11 22:43:43

that's good NoWay- not that you have to go,but that you feel reassured that you're not wasting their time- if you feel anxious or need any advice do pop over to the tamoxifen thread as we have all been through this - really hope yours is fine smile

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