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Old 02-14-2012, 08:51 AM   #1
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Identical Lumps (Several On Both Breasts)

I'm 28 and a healthy weight. My mother's mom had breast cancer 2 separate times during her life (the first being at age 34). In July '10 I found identical lumps on both breasts. I went to my doctor within 24 hours and she said they seemed normal to her and were probably glands but sent me for a bilateral ultrasound and mammogram. The mam and ultrasound showed nothing abnormal. In fact, they couldn't really see much of anything because my breasts are so dense. Then in Aug. '11 I went back to my gyno for my yearly and of course she did a breast exam. She never mentioned anything abnormal at that time and the lumps were still there. Now it is Feb. '12 and it seems like one lump has gotten just ever so slightly bigger on one breast. Please note that I have lumps throughout both breast that match up on the other breast as far as location goes. I'm wondering now if I should be worried about these lumps. If they are glands then is it normal to be able to feel them like that? The fact that they are in the same locations on both sides makes me feel somewhat better but I'm still worried that I'm able to feel them at all. By the way, the lumps don't change in size due to my period. They stay the same size always. Could this be cancer? Should I go back the doctor again for the same thing? Could this be fibrocystic changes because of my age? I'm worrying myself sick.

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Re: Identical Lumps (Several On Both Breasts)

The chances of having cancer in both breasts in the same place at the exact same time is practically impossible. It is good that you have them in the same place, as that indicates symmetry. Some signs of possible problems might be:
Dimpling, puckering or bulging of the skin
A nipple that has changed its position or an inverted nipple
Redness, soreness, rash, swelling
Discharge from the nipples

Some people just have lumpy breasts, but it is always good to follow up with a specialist, such as an OB/GYN, just to be on the safe side as things can develop later. If breast cancer runs in your family, you should be checked every 6 months to 1 year but certainly go back sooner if you're worried or seek a second opinion. Its important to have current scans so they can compare them to the past ones and see if there are any changes.
As women, pollutants or poor diet choices affect us in our breasts and our organs, so keep yourself healthy, and don't drink too much caffeine.
That seems to have caused me problems with my breasts, because I can notice a difference after drinking coffee or soda. (itchiness,etc)
Hope this helps.

 
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Re: Identical Lumps (Several On Both Breasts)

The above is a great answer.
I would not worry excessively, but I would also not ignore this, considering that your mom had breast cancer.
My sister has (since a teenager) fibroadenomas. They are bean shaped, on the side of each of her breasts, and they don't hurt and are movable. It's totally benign, if you have this. Of course, you want to be super sure. If I were you? I'd go to another doctor for another exam, and a fresh set of hands. If they say you're fine, don't sweat it anymore.

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Re: Identical Lumps (Several On Both Breasts)

Hi there, don't know the answer to your question but when I went to my doctor with several questions plus the lump on my breast which I left to the end of my visit she took one look and almost fainted or at least turned white. So here is the clue. Cancer is heavy and it will hang onto the ducts and cause dimples above the area of the nipple. Sure sign I think. Hope that helps.

 
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