Thickening breast tissue???

Hi, i am new to this so please bare with me. I attended the doctors today with an unusual feeling in my left breast i have felt for some time. I’m not in pain but am aware of it being there. My doctor said she could feel a significant thickening in my breast but not to worry. She also said she’s sending me for a mamogram. Anyway i came home and googled it straight away. Big mistake. It says thickening breast tissue can be breast cancer and not detected on a mamogram. I’m now sat here (can’t sleep) worried to death. Has anybody else had this.

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Hi Milliepops

Ahem, do not google. Breast cancer can show up in all sorts of shapes and sizes and I believe so can harmless breast changes. The waiting room is a horrile place to be in, I nearly stopped functioning, I was so worried I got myself a private app as the NHS one took 3.5 weeks from seeing the GP till getting an app to the breast clinic, I couldn’t wait that long.
It could well be something harmless and if it shouldn’t be, then you’ll be gettting a treatment plan very quick and it is easier to deal with the truth being tackled then being in the unknown.

This forum is great, lots of support here.

Hugs from Christine x

Hi Christine, Thanks so much for your reply. I’ve just called my doctors actually to speak to her as to whether its worth me also going private. She’s calling back at dinner time. I’m so mithered and worried and i’m not usually this type of person, usually very strong. I have MS and deal with it very well but this is freaking me out. I have a baby so i’ve got allsorts going on in my head as to what will happen if i have it. Anyway thanks again, really appreciate it. X

Hi there

I am sorry you’re going through this particularly with having a baby and also coping with MS.

Unfortunately lobular cancer can present as thickening rather than a lump. It doesn’t always show up in a mammogram although mine did because it had got so large (that was 3 years ago). If they suspect anything though they will biopsy and they may suggest a breast MRI if they are suspicious of lobular.

However, as I’m sure you know, most breast lumps turn out to be benign so it could well be something else. Of course, though the only thing that will put your mind at rest is seeing a specialist. If you go privately bear in mind that you may also have to foot the cost of mammogram, biopsy and possibly scan as well as the consultation.

An urgent NHS referral should mean that you are seen within 2 weeks and that’s really what you want with this. It feels like a very long time but in the scheme of things I was reassured would make very little difference.

take care, Elinda x


Hope all goes well with you Milliepops,

Christine xx

Elinda45, thanks for your post. The breast clinic rang today and have booked me in for the 20th (week monday) my birthday!! So just want to get that sorted and hope and pray its nothing sinister. Thanks again. x

That’s good and not too long to wait. By far the best thing is to get this checked properly.
I hope it turns out to be good news for you.
Elinda x

Hi Milliepops
Not a good place to welcome people to… but welcome anyway :slight_smile:
Its good that you have got an app, so quickly as the waiting is the worst part of all…
I had thickening also and a very tiny puckering, when you go for the mammo they will mark the area so the Radiologist knows there is a problem when they check the film.
They will more than likely send you for scan also so nothing will be missed!
Try not to worry (brave words) as it may be nothing, the breast can thicken for all sorts of reasons but you did the right thing getting it checked out hon.
Googling is a big NO NO!!! Take it from one who did it and regretted it ever since, there is a ton of mis-information that can freak you out big time!
Sending you a big hug and so sorry you found yourself on here… good luck and really try hard not to worry… if it is BC you will be looked after and treated very quickly and the best scenario if it is’nt anything nasty… you can stop holding your breath and breathe again :slight_smile:
Bless you xxxxx Doz

Hi Milliepops,

Im not saying this to stress you out, please understand. I had no lump just a thickening - it turned out to be precancerous tissue with 3 tiny tumours. So basically it showed as thickening BEFORE the cancer had got too developed. I had a lumpectomy and am having a course of radiotherapy to prevent recurrence. But it was made very clear to me that because I chased it up at the stage I did - my prognosis is very good.So even if it turns out to be suspicious - it may be a blessing in disguise as it is at a very early stage.

will be thinking of you - Pm if you want to chat about it.



Thankyou all for replying to me and helping me with my post. My concern is also my breast has been feeling like this for a few months and i never thought anything of it until a friend of mine whos just recovering from breast cancer told me not to ignore it and go to the doctors. So that was when i made the appointment. So i’m very worried that it has been going on for quite some months so if it is BC i’ve neglected it for some time now and it would have got worse! I’m driving myself mad with allsorts of things going through my head. Mainly about my baby should i become poorly. But thankyou all again, i really appreciate you giving me your time to help me with this horrible time i’m going through at the moment. xxx

I was told by my consultant that by the time most cancer is diagnosed, it’s been there for about 2 or 3 years.

The thing is that you are now taking action. Don’t look back and try not to worry about the future too much. YOu need to know what you’re dealing with and then take it from there. In some ways, the not knowing was the worst part for me.

Hopefully it will be something benign anyway as most lumps turn out to be. If it isn’t then you’ll find plenty of support on here. Elinda x

When I said to my surgeon ’ I should have come here months ago’ his answer was ‘We don’t deal with the past here, we deal with the future’. Just hearing that there would be a future set me back on my feet that day.
I hope with all my heart that your future is walking out of the clinic with a big smile of relief on your face.
Good luck.

Hi All, Well its Wednesday and i’ve got until monday until i go to the breast clinic. I don’t know how i’m getting through these long days waiting. My left breast is painful in a kinda aching way which worries me terribly that theres something growing and getting bigger! My mum tells me 2 of my Aunts had breast tissue thickening and it was nothing so she’s already convinced herself its all fine and not mentioned it since. I wish it was as cut and dry as that but everybody is different. Anyway i shall keep you all posted and thank you all so much for your posts on helping me through this difficult time.

Milliepops xxx

The waiting is terrible and all sorts run through your mind. Not long now until you get to the clinic. I’ll be thinking of you on Monday and hope all goes well. Elinda x

Hi, I’ve been for all my tests today at the breast clinic and everything is fine. There was actually more concern about the breast i didn’t go about. That actually turned out to be benigne anormal breast tissue so all good. I like to thank you all so much for all your care and support and wish you all well for the future. Thank you so much. xxx

Hi Millie

I was searching for your thread today to find out how you got on. Phew!! And yippeeeeeee!!

I am so so pleased for you and appreciate you posting to let us know.
Elinda x

Hi all, well here i am 12 months later. I have a lump in my breast which they done a biopsy on and thankfully came back as no sign of cancer. But they are unsure as to what the lump is. They thought maybe it was a cyst or infection but its neither. They have said to go back in 6 weeks for another biopsy and its this that is confusing me. If it came back clear then why do they need to test it in 6 weeks? Can anyone help with this.

Hi milliepops

Sorry to read you’re having a difficult time at the moment. As well as the support you receive here I just wanted to remind you about the BCC helpline. Here you can talk things through with someone who will offer you emotional support as well as practical information. The number to call is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9 to 5pm and Sturday 10 to 2pm.

Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator

Omg that’s what I have being told at my doctor surgery by a nurse and still waiting 5 weeks later for a appointment from the hospital witch the nurse said shouldn’t take long and I have being woried sick can’t sleep