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Breast Cancer

Dense fibroglandular tissue on left breast.

07/30/2008

Question:

Hi, since my sister is dignosed with the Breast Cancer in April 2008, I too went for the mammogram and got the following report. I`m very much worried. I`m 34 year old mother of 3yrs & 4Yr old kids.

There is a lobulated radiodensity identified beneath the marker of the palpable lump in the upper inner quadrant of the left breast.

The radio density measures 2.3 x 1.7 x 1.5 cm in craniocaudad, anterior-posterior, and transverse dimensions.

There are heterogeneously dense fibroglandular tissues of the left breast.

There are small left axillary lymph nodes.

A lobulated radiodensity is identified, corresponding to the palpable lump in the upper inner quadrant of the left breast.

Now, I`m getting little pain in my left breast. Please help me

Answer:

There are many causes for a breast lump, both benign and malignant.  Pain is often a good sign, because benign breast masses tend to be more painful while cancers are often not associated with pain.  I'm certainly concerned that your sister was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and if you are 34, I would assume she is also under the age of 50.  I think that you should definitely consult with a physician regarding this mass.  It could be a benign fibroadenoma, in which case following it would probably be OK.  It could be a cancer, although I certainly hope not.  Biopsy may be necessary.  With your sister's young age of diagnosis, genetic counseling may be appropriate, especially if there is more breast or ovarian cancer in the family or if you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University