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Most Breast Lumps are Non-Cancerous: What About Mine?

I’ve never been a “why me” kind of gal. Why not me? Hey, anything can happen, but I didn’t include breast cancer on my short list of things that might go wrong. There is no history of breast cancer in my family. For that matter, I am not aware of a single incidence of any type of cancer in my family.

I was about due for a mammogram, anyway. Looking through the medical information I had on hand, I found that my last mammogram was dated just 13 months earlier. That meant there would be a good comparison.

My lifestyle choices, while not perfect, have been very good. I still felt the odds were tipped in my favor, and imagined that in a few weeks I’d be griping about expensive medical tests and wasted time.

Years ago, as I slogged my way through the maze of multiple sclerosis diagnosis and treatment, I found the process painfully slow, frustrating, and stress-inducing. I came to realize that too much medical intervention was exacerbating the situation more than helping. Less, in that case, turned out to be more.

A breast lump is not something to be taken lightly, that much I knew. I would not hesitate to visit doctors and take the appropriate tests. In just a few days, the mammogram would give us our first important clues to this new mystery, along with some indication of what lies ahead.

Author’s Note: This is article is part of a series chronicling my first-hand patient perspective of life with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Without being overly self-indulgent, I hope to convey the raw emotion that comes with such a diagnosis… and the process of living with and beyond it. Entries will appear in Care2 Causes and in Care2 Healthy & Green Living. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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8:11AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:54AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011


2:45AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I found a lump a while back, thankfully it was just a cyst, which I guess isn't harmful and is pretty common. Scared me though. You should always get it checked out if you find one, better safe than sorry.

7:52AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Thanks for the info and good luck with your journey....
But I noted your comments that your first thoughts went to concerns with your health insurance, so my question is: what about those with a self-detectable lump and no insurance? If a woman is under 50 and has no family history of breat cancer; she doesn't qualify for assistance with screening and/or treatment, so their lumps go undiagnosed and untreated. Once she's a Stage 4, she can get some help, but treatment is radical and often too late.

3:41AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thank you Marianne, i stand waiting to be corrected by your forthcoming intellectual collection of facts on the subject. (even of me whom you have never met)
If you are going through an experience of ill health, then I feel for you and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Ill health is ill health, regardless of gender. We sometimes experience it differently, but it always involves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual aspects.
If i am incorrect in my statements, then correct me. Otherwise we are all here on this site to share information and experiences.

3:04AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

@ Keith - obviously a male with no female dependants
you know nothing do you ?????

2:20AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

10:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

thanks for the info.

8:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

I agree. If you have any lump, get it checked out. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Life is precious.

7:31PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Thank you for sharing.

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