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Posted by Janet on November 20, 2000 at 20:08:16:

In Reply to: Lumps in breast..... posted by Candice on November 20, 2000 at 01:30:00:

: I will be 23 years old in a few months, and I recently found painful lumps in my breasts. After some encouragement from my mother, I went to my physician. She told me that the lumps were probably a result of fibrocystic changes in my breast. She also said that the lumps could be more tender and prominent during menstration. She said she did not believe I needed a mammogram because I am so young. Initially, I was relieved, but the lumps have continued to be prominent and painful even when I am not menstrating. I have a history of cancer in my family, and my grandmother on my mother's side actually had breast cancer. My question to all of you is: Should I accept the diagnosis from my physician, or should I obtain a second opinion? I don't want to go looking for something to be wrong with me, but I would like definitive proof that I truly am alright. I would be grateful for any advice you might have. Thanks!

The answer to your question is NO!!! Don't be satisfied with your doctors "diagnosis". I don't even see how she could call it a diagnosis, because she didn't do any tests! I am so tired of doctors telling me that I am too young for this and too young for that (I am 33,older than you, but still young according to the doctors). You probably don't have anything serious, but one can never be too sure. It will make you feel so much better to know for sure. I have found with doctors that you have to be very assertive, especially with HMO's. If I were you I would demand a mammogram, and even a biopsy on one of the lumps. DON'T let them blow you off! Good luck and be strong, Janet

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