Patient Comments: Breast Cancer - How Was It Detected

How was your breast cancer detected?

Comment from: skullcat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was having pain in my left breast, so my doctor sent me for mammogram. The lump was in my right breast! I had it removed yesterday, and it was positive.

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Comment from: Page2, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

My breast cancer was detected by having a slight twinge in the right breast (which is clear). I never felt a lump. I recommend yearly mammograms.

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Comment from: Chuckie51, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had breast cancer in 2001. I had a mammogram in February, which was normal. In late June, I was awakened in the night with a sharp pain in my breast. (It showed bruising and a dimple.) I called my OB/GYN and went in immediately. Within three days, I had surgery resulting in stage II breast cancer. Sometimes there is pain, and sometimes digital mammograms don't catch the tumor.

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Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I was going to bed and happened to tuck my right arm under my left underarm. I felt a tiny lump. The doctor couldn't find it a few days later at the gynecological exam. Several months later, the lump was easy to find in my armpit. It was really tough getting the armpit on mammogram. I had an ultrasound and then a biopsy. Too many people dismissed the lump. "Probably just a swollen lymph node. Were you sick recently?" The doctors said it didn't look or feel like breast cancer. It was. I wish I would have pursued more manual exams when I first found it in bed that night.

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Comment from: ctworld, Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I discovered I had breast cancer by accident. I had just given birth to my 2nd child when I noticed a small lump on my breast. Milk was coming out, but I didn't think anything of it because I was breast feeding. Well while carrying the baby I noticed a lump and some pain. I immediately went to the radiologist where she told me straight out that she believed I should see a doctor ASAP because I might have breast cancer. I am so glad she told me so directly; otherwise I probably would have overlooked the milky discharge from my nipple as milk. Well it has know been 6years that I am a survivor, I went thru Chemo, Double Mastectomy, and reconstruction. It was a long journey, at times I wanted to give up, but I kept fight for my two kids that I have to raise! All Females out there, please get check every year! This all happened when I was 35yrs old.

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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I had my yearly mammogram and was told to come back for a repeat. Well, they couldn't get me in for five weeks, and within that time, I felt a lump the size of a pea. When I went back for the mammogram, they said everything was fine. I told them everything was not fine and that I had a lump in my breast that was not there five weeks ago. So they did an ultrasound and told me yes, there was something, but it wasn't anything to worry about. I already had thyroid cancer. Well, five months went by, and again, I went to the doctor and demanded something be done. Right through the biopsy I was told everything looked good. Well, I had Stage 11 cancer. I had a mastectomy, went through chemo and radiation and just finished my Herceptin treatments.

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Comment from: Pammer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had a mammogram and sonogram because I felt a throbbing sensation in my right breast. Both came back with no abnormalities. I then had a core needle biopsy, this too came back with no abnormalities. My breast surgeon wanted to do surgery and remove the lump that we had felt. It was only then that I found out that it was cancer.

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Comment from: Survivor, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I found my breast cancer myself by accident. I rolled over in bed, pushing my breast out of the way, and felt the lump.

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