Anyone get a mammogram callback due to asymmetry. They said no lumps or calcifications showed up and I'm frantic waiting for the diagnostic appointment. I know the statistics but wanting to hear from someone first hand.
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I was thinking of you and wondering if you had the diagnostic appt yet.
They want to get a clearer look--they may have seen something small on your film that they could not distinguish. Sometimes, that is just because a fold of skin is getting in their way of a clearer picture. Here is a quote below from a doctor on another site that may explain what I mean by 'Fold of skin" better
" It is very common to have an area of "asymmetry" appear on a mammogram - this is a common description. In these cases spot compression is recommended to further evaluate the area. Many times the outcome is that the tissue may have folded over on itself and spot compression will smooth it out, yielding a normal mammogram."
Spot compression just means special mammagrophy films and maybe an ultra sound in conjuction --in my case they used smaller paddles on the mammography machine and did an ultrasound. (my case is different than yours because they saw something different so don't worry about what I told you about me in the other post.)
They may get a better picture on your second mammogram films and not need to do any further testing. However, they may do an ultrasound if they still don't get a great picture.
Hope this helps and good luck!! Let me know how you make out.
Hi eddysmom - My appt. isn't until next Tues (waiting is agony) so I have no news other than the ob-gyn who let me know that her report showed asymmetry. I've read EVERYTHING on the internet and even though I have the stats, it doesn't make me feel any better. I'm in limbo. What about you - did you insist on a biopsy?
Evidently I am among the 10% or so called back due to a false positive. There was tissue folded over that appeared to make one side look different from the other (asymmetry). The last ten days of waiting were agony and I'm grateful to have dodged the bullet.
To put things into perspective, I sat with a woman who was having her 9th biopsy at the age of 38 and she very calmly told me that she was considering a double mastectomy due to her family history and constant problems.
I can't say enough about the women who endure hell and fight back to live a normal healthy life. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.
I am happy that you got a good result--I will tell you a funny story that happened to me a few years back. I was sitting in the Mammography Suite with four other women. We had all just had our four original films taken, one by one we each were called back for further films. You could have heard a pin drop waiting for the techs to return to tell us all that we were all fine and to come back in a year. Well after waiting for about 20 mins, a nun (catholic hospital) walked into the waiting room to ask how we all were feeling, well she did not even get a word out of her mouth before she had four women with faces as white as ghosts staring back at her. I have no idea how any of us did not end up in the cardiac intensive care unit that evening. I now go to every mammogram appointment expecting the worse and quite relieved to walk out knowing that I do not have to return for another year.
I had my good news today! The specialist said it is benign definitely! Only, since it does hurt me and my family history is full of cancer, they do want me to go back to the hospital one more time next week for another ultrasound and to try and aspirate the cyst.
Don't like the thoughts of the needle in me--but I can surely take that as I am extremely lucky to hear the great news that is benign.
I always think of other women who have breast cancer- like you mentioned MissyJoy . I don't know how they are so strong. God Bless them all.
Congrats Eddysmom! Now that you've seen a specialist for a second opinion, you can breathe easier. Everything I've read about "the needle", (from women who've gone through it) seems to indicate that it's very quick and not bad at all. Like you said, compared to the alternatives, it will be a piece of cake.
Hopefully, neither of us will be posting next year after our mammograms!