Where I live we can request a mammogram once we hit 47 and have been able to for a few years, I would have asked for one last year as I turned 47 in the May but I was diagnosed in March after finding a lump myself, this was actually benign and my cancer was found by accident while they biopsied a Fibrodenema, my mammogram was clear so had I not found a fatty lump and just gone for a Mammo in May I could well have still been walking around thinking I was fine with cancer growing inside of me after a clear result, Actually feel very lucky! Xx
I think, maybe I'm wrong, that the NHS are planning to roll out routine mammograms to women from 47 years old in the future. Funnily enough that is my age and I didn't have a routine mammogram but found mine myself. My tumour was so high that my surgeon thought it was actually on my ribs above the breast....and....I found it after loosing a fair amount of weight since Christmas. As the weight came off....I became aware of a small domed area on my chest. This domed area, thinking back now, had been giving some pain for a few weeks....a burning shooting pain. I am ashamed to say I hardly did any self examination checks, so was very lucky mine was in such an obvious place.
I too feel the age of offered mammograms should be lowered as more and more younger women have to deal with this truly awful disease.
I'm 45 and am waiting for my secong lot of testing after finding lumps in my right boob. I had tests a few years ago after I had a bloody discharge from my nipple. After a second mammogram they declared all was fine and I went away putting it down to hormones as I had just gone through an early menopause.
I found my first lump in January 2015 but I had just started a new job and working 60 hours plus taking care of my family. Unfortunately I have addisons disease and suffered a large crisis which has taken me the last 12 months to recover from. I went to my gp a week ago after finally acknowledging it has grown substantially. My gp found another smaller pea shaped lump as well as my 'slice of garlic bread' lump!
I have been told by the few friends I 've spoken to that it can't be serious as BC doesn't cause pain. I have a heavy burning dull ache in the side of right breast in the area where my lumps are. After reading these posts I don't know what to think?
I'm a naturally calm person, stress can kill me so I've leaarnt not to be. Maybe I should have been a little more stressed about my findings and sought advice quicker, time will tell. I do feel routine mammograms would also be beneficial and would happily support a change in legislation.
Stay strong and remain positive. Lots of love to you all xx
My husband actually found my lump. He noticed the way it felt straight away. Its funny because I had not felt it myself. I wasnt a person who did regular check ups. He said it was hard. It was Easter weekend so I spent that weekend reading on the internet on what I should do. I had to wait till the monday where I saw my family GP. She was quite positive that it was a cyst and referred me to my local hospital. I had to wait 2 weeks for the appointment. My breast and underarm were so painful at that time. Everyone kept saying that isnt a sign, you will be fine. On the day I saw a consultant who then sent me for an ultrasound. I went back to see the consultant who said it was not a cyst and that he wanted to take a biopsy. He seemed quite concerned as he was doing it saying that whatever it was they would sort it. He left me with the nurse who told me not to look at anything on the internet as it wasnt unique to me and my needs. I was due back in the week to get my results. As you can all imagine all sorts of tyhings were going through my mind. I then had a nightmare of a time trying to get a follow up appointment. I had to get PALS involved as nothing was happening. I just wanted to be told everything was ok and I could just get on with my life.
This did not happen as when i went to see him again I was told it was cancer. Invasive ductal Carcinoma. Grade 3. I just sat there in shock.
I was then sent for a mammogram . They found some flecks that needed to be looked at so I had a core biopsy where they took 11 samples the next day. I am now waiting to hear the results of these. The last week has been hard. I keep expecting someone to say to me that they have made a mistake. They got my results mixed up with someone else.
I have noticed that my breast shape and feel has changed. I have a lumpy excess that was not there before. My breast also feels quite tender but then I have had 12 samples taken. I am due at hospital on the 5th for my pre op. I have a lumpectomy planned . Im just hoping those flecks are nothing to worry about.
Hi, i found a lump in right breast last night, it is just above nipple and feels fairly large to me it is hard and slightly tender. I spoke to local breast clinic today who said i have to have a gps referal to be seen, but earliest gps appointment i can get is 3 weeks from now. Do you think i should push for an earlier date or will waiting 3 weeks not make any difference? The clinic said when they get the referal email they should send me an appointment with 2 weeks so total of 5 weeks to get lump checked
I'm scared and I just want to know what lump is.
I found a lump on Tuesday night, left side, hard but small unmovable lump. I'm 36 with a history of BC in almost every woman on my Moms side. i have found lumps throughout the years but this one is different feeling and for the 1st time i'm worried. The sad and most worrisome part is I'm booked to reverse my tubal ligation next friday and hopes of starting a family. My doctor is taking me in Monday to check my lump. With my family history (Mom's 1st fight was when she was 37) its best to check it asap. I can deal with any outcome to this I'm a fighter but sadly I may lose my future family plans if it is something serious. The wait until monday is the hardest part.
i went to laid down and it felt extremely uncomfortable under my arm. i felt up under there i felt a knot. i then started to process of getting things checked out. i did a video on my journey. check it out: https://youtu.be/d13g9Wky4us
Hi All. I am 42. I was diagnosed exactly a year ago (when I had just turned 41) and have only just joined the forum -I think I was scared to read other people's stories and frighten myself. I have always checked myself and had checked 2weeks before I found my lump and found nothing. My husband found my lump on New Year's Eve when we were in bed. I got up and looked in the mirror and could actually see it distorting the shape of my breast. I could not believe something so big could have appeared overnight. It turned out it was 6cm in diameter and had spread to my lymph nodes. It was HER2 positive but not hormone receptive. At first they thought it had spread to my liver but the PET scan showed that these were just benign cysts. When I got that result I felt like I had won the lottery. My Gran died of breast cancer when she was 40 and my Dad was 11. I have an 11year old son so it felt like history was repeating itself. My Dad was really cut up about it. Thankfully though the genetic tests came back negative so just a coincidence. I had chemo before the operation and it worked brilliantly and shrank the tumour so much I only had to have a local wide excision and all my lymph nodes cleared, not a mastectomy. I am struggling with lymphoedema now and have had one episode in hospital with cellulitis. I also struggle to walk due to neuropathy from the chemo. I am still having herceptin until June. It's been a long journey but I am getting there.
Love to all you wonderful ladies.
hi all when i was 38 i kept getting mastitis . kept been treated with antibiotic's and anti inflammatory . then in September i gave up and asked if i could be looked at by a different dr. was the 1st time i was asked to take my clothes of lol. the look on her face said it all to me. that was on sep 18 .
it turns out i had stage 3 breast cancer that had been there for just over or about two years
Like so many of women on this thread, I found my lump on Saturday and saw the GP today. I noticed that my areole was a bit puckered and then the nipple wasn't in the right place, and then felt for a lump ... And it was there. Feels huge to me. GP confirmed the lump - I had been agonising over whether it was my imagination or not. My best friend was diagnosed in November and I examined myself then - but didn't feel it, or notice it. So I feel surprised and shocked and tearful. I'm a single Mum to a 17 year old daughter and I don't know when to tell her. As my best friend is doing okay it may help, but she was upset when I told her about that. I can't sleep, and I know that it could be many things other than cancer, but I can't convince myself that it is.
Hi Pinkies, I know the waiting period is horrendous but in my experience it won't change anything and just makes it all the more stressfull, I was diagnosed in March and am though treatment now and getting on with life, I've been to some very dark places in my head this year while awaiting news and I can honestly say it's the worse part of this whole thing, here's hoping you will ge given the all clear but if not then you will be well looked after, BC isn't an instant death sentence and is on the whole very treatable, I know this won't be much comfort right now but I can promise you that nothing is as bad as you will be imagining right now Xx Jo
Hi I'm 43 and have family history of bc (grandma and aunt) aunt still here and clear. I found a lump turning over in bed I felt a sharp pain in the area on my right breast. I feel my breasts regularly so when I felt lump I knew it was bad. It's right under my breast and have to raise my arm up to get to it. It feels a very hard, solid lump but it's pebbly and bumpy, like a golf ball. Told daughter (19) to feel it and she confirmed she could, told hubby to feel it and he threw up!! As it was the weekend I could not do thing but wait. Saw gp on the mon who confirmed not 1 but 2 lumps and that I needed urgent mammogram. Saw cons the next day who said he thought it maybe a cyst. Mammogram and USS later, I was told it wasn't a cyst and that "that needs a biopsy" which I then had. Cons said it was only 1 lump 15mm in size and that the other lump was intact thickening on the breast at the top. I was told it was "probably benign" and would we want to know results before xmas we said yes. Had a call from the cons Sec to say my samples were sent elsewhere for specialised tests (whatever that means?) and it will be most likely the new year when I'd get answers. So I've had the worse xmas ever worrying, crying, drunk (alot!!), and saying what if. I've got 3 children 22,19 and 13 and we've told them (age appropriate) what's going on. We've tried to stay positive but me and my hubby had a heart to heart one morning and both admitted we'd got a bad, gut wrenching feeling about the whole thing. We've prepared ourselves for the worst and tbh I'm ready for a fight. I'm not scared on the diagnosis anymore it's the waiting for results that's the most agonising and with it being Christmas the timing couldn't be worse!
I've found this site really helpful and reading other stories makes me feel I'm not alone.
sorry to hear your story and can say i have had the same news today. Im going to the breast specialist in 2 weeks. Please can you share your outcome? Mine is in a similar area, smaller in size xx
Hi I found lump in left breast hard but movable, then another in right breast, then I found little one in both arm pits. I am so worried. I am 63 I guess I must be in advanced stage. Doctor sending me for tests marked urgent. Has anyone else have the same has mine please let me know.
Hello....I've had a read through your stories after returning home from the doctors. It is the only thing that has stopped the tears! So thank you :). I found a lump yesterday morning, I checked due to feeling tender around one area, although I do check my breasts now and again, there is no way I would have found it checking the way I was previously, as I don't think I was ever thorough enough. I have been referred, my appointment is in two weeks. I am just wondering if there is anybody out there who has a similar lump to me, as the ones I've read about have been pea sized lumps. Mine is the size and shape of a very large firm grape that feels pretty far under the surface, maybe up to an inch, which is possibly why I struggled to locate it. The doctor seemed quite surprised by the size of it. Has anybody had anything similar? It was my 40th birthday a few days ago so not sure how young that makes me...all I know is that it's going to be a very long two weeks...thank you xx
Hi jordanbrownlee1997, just logged onto my first ever forum, aged 46 (tomorrow), found out today that I have breast cancer. I too found a lump in my breast, no family history, put it off for about 2 months until I just bit the bullet and asked my husband if he could feel it too, he did, went to docs same day. Fast forward 5 weeks, multiple examinations, a mammogram, an ultrasound, an ecg, a lumpectomy (first ever operation) , stitches, swollen bruised boob, strange swooshing watery noise from boob lasting about a week 😗, then the diagnosis today, I have breast cancer. Yes it's scary, unpleasant, sometimes painful, but each of these feelings confirm to me that I am here and I will be here for a long time, because I found it early and did something about it. Sure I need another wee op and some treatment, yes I'll have pain, maybe sickness and defo loads of tears and worry, but I'll be fine, I'll be here. Please show this to your girlfriend, please ask her to go to the docs, could be nothing, could be something, she needs to find out, make a plan, and deal with it bit by bit by bit. She's got you, she can do it, take care xx
hey, just researching on google about a solid lump in my girlfriends breast, she hasnt really told anybody so i cant really ask anyone else for advise as she doesnt want to make a big fuss out of it but i am worried that it is something serious, i want her to go to the doctors but i think shes scared of the outcome, even if it was BC i wouldnt leave her, weve only starting seeing eachother recently but ive known her for years and shes amazing, i just hope its nothing serious and she gets the courage to go to the doctors 😞
FIngers crossed its just a cyst or something like that, but sadly age isn't necessarily going to mean it won't be BC. I was 33 when diagnosed, and there is a huge facebook network of under 40s with it. If you do get bad news, then search for Younger Breast Cancer Network on FB and the amazing girls on there will help you through.
They are supposed to see you within 2 weeks so the speed isn't because they are sure what it is, thats the supposed normal!
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hi. I found a pea sized lump about 7 weeks ago. noticed I had very visible veins on my right breast and none on my left and decided to have a feel about and thats when I found the lump. Went to doctors 3 days later who refferred me to breast clinic. I have my appointment tomorrow. have had to wait 6 weeks so will be glad to get some answers. Have no family history and am 28 years old. I'm probably considerd low risk and chances are its nothing sinister but still its been a very worrying couple of weeks and cant wait for tomorrow to be over with!
Hi there, I found a pea sized lump in my right breast last thursday evening while in the bath, I rung my gp on friday morning, got an appointment for the same morning after the gp exsamined me she asked how offen do I self exsamined my brest, I was ashamed to say that I never do. She said why did you this time and I said I didnt know. With that she said an angel had whispered in my ear.very strange thing to say. Well anyway I have an appointment this friday at the breast clinic so I will let you know how I get on. By the way im 59
Hi, I didn't find a lump but a patch of skin that looked like cellulite. I had spotted it whilst getting dressed and didn't think much about it and then a chance conversation with a friend whose wife had been diagnosed and he said that she noticed a patch of skin that was a bit puckered. Alarm bells rang and I went to see my GP. I had just started a new job and didn't want to take time off from work after only being there for a few weeks so had to wait a few days until an appointment that I could get to after work was available. The GP couldn't feel anything but when she saw the area (only with my arm raised and sitting up) she referred me to the BC. Had a scan/biopsy/mammagram and was confirmed the following week with a small 1 cm tumor. Had to have a guidewire inserted the day before the op as the lump was so deep. No spread into lymphs and caught early. Only 42 at the time but diagnosis was invasive tubular which upon research is quite rare and more often found in older ladies. Very slow growing though and chances of spread are small. 5 years now of Tamoxifen after 3 weeks of rads.
Any changes at all should get checked out!
Hi, I found my lump the morning after valetines day this year. I will never forget the date as I had booked my hubby and I into the hotel that we got married at 8 years ago as a surprise. Got up in the morning to have a shower and rubbed across the top of my left boob to find a small pea sized lump. Booked the docs for the following morning and refered to breast care centre 2 weeks later to investigate. As soon as the ultrasound man started measuring the lump (which was only 12mm) and decided to take a biopsy and lymph sample I knew deep down what he was suspecting.
2 weeks later I was told I had grade 3 invasive BC with clear nodes (64% accurate) and would need a lumpectomy with centinal node removal to confirm lymphs clear, then chemo/radio.
I remember going back for my results of the lumpectomy and praying for a clean scope and lymphs and my prayers came true, the relief was amazing, diagnosis HER2+ ER-PR-
I have started preventative treatment being 6 cycles of FEC, (first one this Friday the 8th May) followed by 3-4 weeks radio and 12 months herceptin.
Since this has happened to me I have blogged everyone on FB constantly about the importance of checking and acting and have 2 friends already that have found lumps and had them looked at, both cases not cancer thank god.
I decided a couple of weeks ago after using BCC website constantly for info and support to have my head shaved and raise some money to make a bit of good out of my diagnosis. I shaved my hair on the 4th May, just before my Chemo and raised over £900 on their Just Giving page!! Wow, the support I have had from my family and friends has been phenominal and has made me the strong, positive person that I have become thoughout my whole Cancer fight so far xx
I hope your appointment tomorrow goes well and that everything is okay. As you already know you are regarded as high risk due to your family history I have put for you below the link to BCC's publication on breast cancer in families and hope you find it helpful.
Here's also the link to the area of this website where this is discussed further:
I found my lump whilst getting bounced on by my daughter who's 2. I had a shower and got soapy and had a feel. Its about 1cm and just above my left nipple. I went to see the Dr who confirmed he felt the same thing. The skin is slightly rippled where it is too. I am classed as high risk as my Mum and Aunty had breast cancer in their 40's (both cancer free now). My other Aunty has BC at the moment and is having chemo (3 out of 5 sisters).
I have my appointment tomorrow at 2.30 and I'm very worried. Ive been to the clinic before as I have cysts in my left arm pit.
I have also developed a lump down below which is painful and I'll mention it tomorrow.
Hi all, very new to all of this.
I have just turned 29 and about 10 days ago I found a lump under my arm. I didnt really think anything of it but after speaking with my husband I went to see my GP. My GP told me that it wasnt a sist as it wasnt squishy and as it felt like a pea and it is in my breast tissue, that I need to be referred to a clinic for a scan. This has obviously worried me quite a lot as I was expecting the GP to tell me its nothing. Has anyone experienced something similar?
I rang the clinic today to check how long roughly I would be kept waiting for an appointment to be told that the specialist hasnt yet reviewed my referral, and when they have they will mark it urgent or routine. If marked urgent I will be seen quickly, if routine, I could be in for a wait. I havent told any of my family as yet as I really dont want to worry them. Is what the receptionist told me normal? My concern is if they mark me routine and it takes months for an appointment, what will happen if it turns out to be bad news! Thanks in advance x
I'm 26yrs old found a lump a while ago bout 2yrs maybe ago was pregnant at time and my mum was dying of cancer not bc though it does run in family all the girls except my mum any way started getting worse when I feel pregnant again not long after so put it off again thought nothing of it as thought was too young .when baby came more time had passed started getting even bigger spreading wider across a breast and then the pain started in my breast sharp shoting pains nothing I'd ever experienced before so went to doctors she had a feel under my left arm where the lump was and straight away she could feel it she said with me having it so long and being so young she douts thats its anything to worry about what do yous think she is sending me for an ultra sound she thinks r better than mammograms? The other thing that worrie me more is that my mole I have on left side has changed shape colour and got bigger and found out have cyst on left ovarie thats got quite big measuring 5.2 cm and bleeding in to its self all on left side am really scared now sorry fir such a long post anyone got any advice please thnx xxx
Found a lump about a yr ago r more but thought nothing of it as my mum was dying of cancer not bc though it runs on my mums side though all the girls have It anyway was saying cause was pregnant at time thought it was that baby was born feel pregnant again shortly after left it again but recently got bigger started getting pain with it as well lumpis under left armpit but spreading quickly found another lump just above left breast and also just out of hospital from cyst on ovarie measuring 5.2cm bleeding in to its self and have a mole that's changeD shape and colour went doctors she said she could def feel it she said with me Having it so long is douts thats its anything sinister she has requested n ultra sound for me but have to wait on list at hospital but am so worried now as everything thats wrong with me is all on my left side with history of cancer in family am petrified sorry such a big post am so sorry to hear that yous all had to go through xxx