i have been able to have ultra sound as well as mamnogram yearly but only because I have requested - they refused mri on the grounds that it is so sensative and picks everything up so I would definately be recalled for an ultra sound anyway and that would cause me anxiety having a recall and they called it 'over treatment' Still not sure what is the best way to deal with dense breasts and I think the jury is still out on 'best treatments'. I am now at the stage when I go will back into the normal 5 yearly mammograms and I am a bit anxious about that given my history so I may ask to pay for an ultra sounds I think its only around £100 and worth the peace of mind (although I am clearly told ultra sound is not a screening tool and is not as good as a mammogram). x
Morning Magical Moon & other ladies..
I had a Mammogram 1st one at 49 October 2011. All clear no concerns.. I felt a change to the outside of my right breast when getting dressed in September 2012 but not feeling like a lump as such.... this is because it filled about half my breast and was looking like a 6.5 cm area of concern. My Consultant did send for the Mammogram shots after the event but i too am very cross as i regularly checked myself / breast aware and both the consultant and oncologist agreed it was likely to have been developing for a long time.........it really should have been picked up.........That said i am grateful for the treatment i have had and to still be alive.........
I have since had Chemo first, surgery x 5 and rads. I don't know the answer. At my diagnosis appt. breast density was mentioned and i am hypervigilant now with my one remaining breast. I know a test is currently being trialled where diagnosis / screening will be via a blood test but not sure how long this will take and as we know nothng is 100%,
I will go onto Letrozole next month after 2 years Tamoxifen and currently NED but i too will ask about ultrasound on left breast at next Mammogram. I am very gratefu
Wishing everybody a lovely weekend. Take Care Gilly x
I had a "clear" first routine mammogram at age 50. 3 months later found lump.WLE & rads followed.
yes me too 9cm tumour one month after clear mammo. I was told I have dense breasts and mammograms do not pick up changes with dense breasts - I met with the head radiologist and she went through my mammograms with me and yes she was right all you could see was fog! She told me that mammograms are 90% accurate but 10% of ladies with a all clear results won't be - and for me that was new as I just assumed that if you got a clear result then that was it - but its not. the moral of the story is to check yourself regularly and don't just rely on a clear results.
Who knows if they have Dense Breast Tissue after the menopause and the failure in routine Mammograms, I have a story to tell.