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42, female w small breast. Normal mammogram last week exp. Random tingling, numbness, heaviness in right breast. Seeking cause & treatment?

42, female w small breast. Normal mammogram last week exp. Random tingling, numbness, heaviness in right breast. Seeking cause & treatment?

Clinical Breast exam: If not already done, a clinical breast exam(cbe) done by your doctor is the first step to find the cause. Since your mammogram is normal, i doubt that we will find anything obvious to explain the cause of your breast symptoms, so visit your doctor for cbe; if it is normal, then i would not worry about anything else and treat this discomfort with a mild pain medicine like 2 tabs of tylenol (acetaminophen) as needed. ...Read more

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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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What would cause pain in the left breast mammogram was all normal. ?

What would cause pain in the left breast mammogram was all normal. ?

Are you: referring to pain from the mammogram? Occasionally this is due to the amount of compression or aggressive positioning. If it was just temporary, it is probably nothing to worry about, and may not recur with the next mammogram. If the pain is a symptom not related to the mammogram, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have pain in the same spot for two years now in my right breast. I have had two mammograms and one ulta sound and was told it was normal. ?

I have pain in the same spot for two years now in my right breast. I have had two mammograms and one ulta sound and was told it was normal.  ?

Mastalgia: or breast pain may be due to multiple factors: hormonal fluctuations, tight fitting or pushup bras, inflammation, irritation, or manipulation just for starters. 2 years is quite a long time and I suggest hormone testing and a second opinion. ...Read more

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Mom is 43+ years old, got her mammogram done recently. Results showed right breast is negative and left Benign. What does this mean is it of normal?

Mom is 43+ years old, got her mammogram done recently. Results showed right breast is negative and left Benign. What does this mean is it of normal?

Findings: I'm guessing based on the info you are giving that the left side has benign changes. This means things seen that can be classified as either suspicious or benign. Benign findings usually means the radiologist doubts its of concern, but wants another mammogram in a year to confirm stability. ...Read more

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I am currently breastfeeding and feel oblong spongey lumps in my breasts. I cannot tell uf these are normal. Dr will not do mammogram until i wean.

I am currently breastfeeding and feel oblong spongey lumps in my breasts. I cannot tell uf these are normal. Dr will not do mammogram until i wean.

Consider ultrasound: I understand that doctor is worried about radiating breasts when you are breastfeeding, but another option would be to get an ultrasound which is safe for breastfeeding and can be more accurate than mammogram in young women your age. Ask your doctor for an ultrasound so you can rest assured that these lumps aren't more concerning. ...Read more

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I have a place on my right breast that feels bruised. It's at the top/start of my breast. I've had it for almost 3 years. Had 2 mammograms - normal.

If you have: a lump, you should have it evaluated by your doctor.. Mammograms do not find all abnormalities. Ultrasound may be useful for further imaging evaluation. ...Read more

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Mammogram showed bilateral normal calcs. L. breast 4 sm cysts and 1 nodule .1mm that couldn't be determined on U/S. Biop. scheduled. Chance of CA?

Mammogram showed bilateral normal calcs.  L. breast 4  sm cysts and 1 nodule .1mm that couldn't be determined on U/S.  Biop. scheduled.  Chance of CA?

Mammogram: If a mass seen on mammogram shows signs such as calcifications, cysts, masses etc that are associated with cancer, a biopsy will be recommended to know for sure. However these findings can also be seen in normal tissue. Only a biopsy will tell for sure. Try to relax for now and I would recommend following through with the biopsy ...Read more

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How much can breast cancer develop in a year if mammogram was normal one year before?

How much can breast cancer develop in a year if mammogram was normal one year before?

The mean doubling: time(the average time it takes to double in size) for invasive breast cancer is about 130 days, with a range of estimates from 80 days to 260 days. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia. Last mammogram was fine. Now I'm having heaviness in same breast. Normal?

Hi, I had a lumpectomy last year to find ductal hyperplasia.  Last mammogram was fine.  Now I'm having heaviness in same breast.  Normal?

Need medical checkup: It is not uncommon to have some numbness/heaviness after surgery in any area of your body. This can take up 1 to 2 years to completely normalize. But you should have annual clinical breast examinations with your doctor who did breast surgery and seek his advice. An annual mammogram is also recommended. ...Read more

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Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

True: This is true but if you have an abnormal lump, the an ultrasound can be done. At 25 (if this is your real age), you should not need a mammogram unless you are high risk. ...Read more

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I'm a female age 51 who has had a ache in my right side under breast for 3 years. I've had a ultra sound and mammogram 2 years ago both normal.

I'm a female age 51 who has had a ache in my right side under breast for 3 years.  I've had a ultra sound and mammogram 2 years ago both normal.

You should: see your doctor. Usually breast pain is due to benign causes, but it needs to be evaluated. Negative mammo and ultrasound from 2 years ago not relevant today, you are probably at least due for a new mammogram. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with fibroids in my breast. My left breast is the worst. I had a mammogram, it was normal. My question is what does that mean exactly?

Fibroadenomas?: Do you mean fibroadenomas, or fibrous breast tissue? If fibroadenomas, how were they diagnosed? If you have dense breasts, it is possible for visualization of a fibroadenoma or other lesion to be obscurred by the generalized breast density, so the mammo would look normal. ...Read more

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