J.R. asks from Reading, PA on April 26, 2007
24 Yrs Old and Having a Mamogram
Hey mamasource women. I'm a 24 yr old women with three wonderful children. I just went to the doctors office to have an ultrasound done on one of my breast because my G.Y.N had felt a mass in it. So i was sent to have an ultrasound done. Well The results wasnt so great, kind of made me feel so many mix emotions. well i was told that 4 things were detected so they have to send me for a mamogram which is unlikely for a women my age and depending on what the mamogram detects I would have to have a biopsy done which I am scared of well i'm nervous to get the mamogram done I dont know anyting about the procedure or the biopsy. Well i just need some in sight on this and just some hope that everything will be okay with me.
K.E. answers from Sharon on April 27, 2007
Jayda, take a deep breath and relax. I am 27 years old, and I have a long history of breast cancer in my family, so I know how scary this can be. Breast masses can be caused by a number of things, and at your age they are most likely not cancerous. Mamograms are noninvasive, kinda cold and a little uncomfortable, but nothing like having a baby. You have three kids, you're a pro, this will be nothing! Biopsys are a bit more uncomfortable, but you're a ways away from that yet. One step at a time. My personal advice is to schedule the mamogram on a day that you can have some personal time, instead of rushing back to work, or family, take time out and go to a favorite cafe for lunch, nothing fancy just maybe a glass of wine and a sandwich and congratulate yourself for getting through it. And then you wait and see.
Because of the importance of early detection, doctors have gotten progressively more paranoid, and will send women in at the drop of a hat. It's going to be okay.
T. answers from State College on April 27, 2007
I am 40 years old and have had a recent scare myself. I lost my mother and grandmother to breast cancer. They were 52 and 50 years old and both smoked at least a pack of cigarettes a day. I love and miss them very much.
I went in for my yearly mamogram and they detected something unusual. I went for another mamogram and again that detection was there. I was sent to Magee Women's hospital for an ultrasound - biopsy. They could not find this unusual spot on my breast so they took another mamogram. Nothing! So they sent me for an MRI. It didn't detect anything so I am now waiting for my next mamogram. It is to be 6 months from my scare. The reason I am telling you this because I want to let you know that you have options. You can go for a second opinion and even if it is a diagnosis of cancer there are really good treatments out there and the success rate is very high. I realize that you are very young. Do you have a family history of breast cancer? If so please make sure that all of your doctors are aware. Are you from this area and do you have family to support you while you go get your mamogram? Do you have someone to watch your kids? I would love to help you in any way.
We are somewhat new to the area. We moved here last summer June to be exact. I have a daughter who is 13 years old. My husband is a retired FBI agent and he wanted to move back home after his retirement. He was born and raised here in State College.
Please let me know how I can help. We can email each other, talk on the phone, or meet for coffee it is up to you.
Your Mamasource-State College friend,
H.F. answers from Pittsburgh on April 27, 2007
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer at the same time I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. I was in my late 20s at the time. When my daughter was approximately a year old, I went to have a baseline mammogram done. Unfortunately, they saw something on the mammogram of my one breast and I had to go back for a second one. It turns out it was scar tissue from my daughter hitting my breast and everything was fine. My mother is fine also. She is now approximately 7 years cancer free.
The important thing to remember is that even when breast cancer is found today, the prognosis is usually good. Honestly, it is more likely to be cysts caused by hormones or scar tissue caused by day to day dealings with small children. As moms, we really take a beating. But the most important thing, is to get it checked and taken care of regardless of what it is. If it is cancer, the earlier you find it the better. As my mom said, it was better to know and be able to do something about it than not to know. Feel free to email me if you want to talk more about it or if you just need someone to vent to. I've been in a similar place to you and I've also been the pregnant daughter of a cancer survivor. I spent a lot of time with my mom when she was going through her treatment. It was amazing how many of her symptoms from chemo coincided with my pregnancy symptoms.
Keep an optimistic chin up and try not to worry too much. I know that is a lot like telling the sun to try and give us an extra half hour in the morning before it rises but do your best.
N.R. answers from Pittsburgh on April 26, 2007
Don't be frightened. I had my first mammogram last November. I too have had breast ultrasound done the same day.
It was just dense tissue.
I had my 1st breast ultra sound at your age!
I was SO scared and I was so young. Breast cancer has NO age boundries. HOWEVER early detection is important.
I am confident that it's a cyst, and the doctor is just being careful.
IF you need a biopsy, from what I hear, it's not incredibly painful.
J.M. answers from Pittsburgh on April 27, 2007
I am so sorry that you are going through this difficult time. A very good friend of mine, a Mom of two boys, was diagnosed with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of both of her breasts. She had to have a double masectomy done and total reconstruction of her breasts.
She draws on her faith, the love of her children and family / friends...Her faith is unshakable, which is so remarkable to me.
I do hope everything is okay for you. Pray. Pray. Pray. You will be seen through this no matter what happens.
Sending you prayers....
D.S. answers from Philadelphia on April 27, 2007
Thinking lots of good thoughts for you.
It's hard not to be freaked out by all of it - then there is all of the medical jargon the docs and techs throw around... the whole process can really send one into a tail spin!
Keep the faith and be sure to let us know how you make out - will keep you in our prayers for sure!
D. in South Jersey
M.W. answers from Philadelphia on April 27, 2007
I don't know anything about the mamogram, but the most important thing I've found is don't let fear keep you from getting the mamogram and any other procedures, in this case time is important, it is scary Jayda but please know and rely on the support of your family & friends and always know you have your friends from Mamasource! Please keep us posted, we'll be praying and giving you hugs from here! M.`
H. answers from Pittsburgh on April 27, 2007
While not comfortable, mammograms aren't that bad and if you kind of go in to it with the "this is the best thing for my health" idea it's okay.
I've been having mammograms almost yearly (took some time off due to pg and bfing) since I was 20. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 30s. All of my mammos and ultrasounds have come back normal -- dense breast tissue on the u/s. My younger sister has had two biopsies done (one in high school and one when she was in college). Both were harmless cysts. She was in a little pain the days she had them done, but was fine the next day.
Good luck and let us know how things turn out.