Oh the both of you! Lol have you been taking tips from each other on how to have slow medical assessments ? lol However, seriously, this is just dreadful that you both have further waiting, it's so darned stressful. The only think I can think, which is quite positive, is that the lack of urgency might be because they don't think you are 'high risk'. I know there was only a quick look for you both, but they are at least the right department to have that quick look and make an assessment. I know this doesn't help either of you, but stay in touch on here and post whenever you feel the need. There is always somebody around to listen x
Often the hardest thing ladies is facing the fear of seeing your GP in the first place which you have both done so good for you! I also lost my mum to BC and it makes it all so frightening as you know what can happen but my mums wasn't genetic so we were both just unlucky to get it, there is no way we can say what your chances of being diagnosed are but the majority of lumps are benign even some of those who may from the off look highly suspicious so you just cannot tell until further investigations are done, they are lovely at the clinics and aim to give you an answer on the day , if you do need a biopsy results will be a week or so. I'm 18 months from diagnosis , successfully treated and totally back to normal so whatever happens we have plenty of experience and support between us all here for you to rely on , all the very best to you both and please let us know how you get on Xx Jo
I know you will be scared, sadly, nothing I can say can probably make you less scared. However, hold onto the fact that even IF there is something, it will be dealt with. When I had my diagnosis at the start of March, I honestly thought it meant I was 'on my way out', but no I'm not, here I am with a really good prognosis. Be strong, but expect to feel some horrible emotions this coming few days, which are totally natural. X
Great, so they are managing to get you in quickly, makes the painful waiting marginally easier. It might be a 'one stop clinic' whereby they do mammogram, ultrasound and (if needed) biopsy at the same visit. If not, people often need to return for a biopsy. I am hoping that you won't be needing that route of course. I am also very glad to hear that you persisted, and returned to another go when you weren't happy with the outcome, I find it scary that for some women they would have just left and not returned to be checked by a specialist. It takes a lot for some people to even go at all when they are frightened.Xx
Its a scary time where you are right now. Unfortunately nobody can give you the 'chances' in either direction, even a GP won't know when they are looking......even when you have been seen by the specialists and they have taken the necessary images (mammogram and ultrasound) they may need further tests to ascertain if there is anything that needs further treatment. Only once a needle biopsy has given results , can they be sure if it's benign or a form of BC. So, you see, anyone guessing now wouldn't be helpful really, although I can so understand why you are reaching out for advice on the possibilities. Most of us here have been through that time, when we are searching for reassurance and not wanting bad news. It s an emotionally very difficult time for sure. The 'good news' is that even if they find it isnt something benign, treatments have changed , they are very targeted and specific to individuals, and the majority of women nowadays have very successful treatment which kicks the C to the kerb. It could be that your cousin and grandma had totally different types of breast cancer, with no genetic link at all...it's all guess work for us lay people I'm afraid.
I really hope that you find its nothing to be concerned about, but you are doing absolutely the right thing and getting it checked out at your earliest opportunity. People get diagnosed at all ages, though the younger you are the better the statistics for it being benign of course.
I think you are right to 'be prepared' , I wish I'd have managed that so sensibly in the early days! Then you either get good news ( nothing to be concerned about) or the news you kind of expected.
If if you do have concerns or worries you can ring the helpline number on this website, they are very good at listening to anything worrying you.
Is your referral within the next 14 days?