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Breast Cancer

Small Amount of Fibroglandular Tissue

12/05/2011

Question:

I am 79 years old. I discovered 2 cyst-like lumps on my right breast, and noticed the nipple was inverted. I just had a mammogram, and while the report says `no suspicious lesion`, it also says a small amount of fibroglandular tissue. My primary doctor wants me to see a surgeon to be sure. Now I am concerned. It hurts off and on, but there`s no history of breast cancer in family. How worried should I be?

Answer:

One of the major risk factors for breast cancer is age. So even though you have no family history and the mammogram was okay, since your nipple is inverted and as you are postmenopausal and older, I would definitely see a surgeon to confirm that there is nothing suspicious. Best wishes.

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Response by:

Bhuvaneswari  Ramaswamy, MD Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, MD
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University