I've received a call-back on my mammogram to have an ultrasound. I am a 53-year old non-smoker and non-drinker. My grandmother died of breast-cancer at the age of 84. My last mammogram, 18 months ago, was normal. A few weeks ago I started having pain and a sense of swelling (not noticible in appearance) in my left breast. No discharge or change of appearance to the shape of the breast or to the nipple.
The initial, mammogram report from the test a few days ago reads :
"CC and MLO views demonstrate nodular asymmetry slightly more prominent in the retroareolar region of the left breast, the area marked on the film this is particularly on the CC projection. No other developong or dominant masses, suspicious cluster of microcalcification, skin thickening, nipple retraction or architectural distortion."
I have an appointment scheduled for "some time in the future" (I'm with an HMO...)
I just need an idea of what is going on and I can't get anyone to talk to me. Is "nodular asymmetry" a code name for cancer? - or can it be something non-cancerous?
You do not say if this is the same facility you went to 18 months ago. If it is then this nodule was not present 18 months ago so they are check it out. By the sound of your report, I would think that because you have a family history of breast ca and they see something a little different, than they are going to investigate it. I would have thought that they would request some additional views to see if they can identify it better.
They are doing the u/s to see if it possibley is a cyst. If you have a copy of your report, check at the bottom of the report it shoud say BIRAD with a number 1,2,3,4. The number will usually tell you how concerned they really are.
BIRAD 2 or 3 means low probability, but needs follow-up.
My other thought is that they have scheduled your u/s "sometime in the future". I think if they were really concerned, than that u/s would be done alot sooner.
It went really well! Thank you for asking. They did another set of mammogram x-rays and still didn't like what they were seeing and then did an ultrasound right then and there - and then did more ultrasound. Then they came back and said everything looked fine and come back in a year. I knew I had fibrous cysts, and so they said that they had just looked different in the x-rays but fine in the ultrasound. Thank you for your support - it meant alot! Corrine