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I was wondering if anyone could help maybe put my mind at rest!!!! Have to go for a 2nd mammogram due to a shadow on my breast - breast cancer does run through my family - is a shadow usually early stages or could it just be nothing?
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Unfortunately I have no experience in this field but Goldenbird who has a hospital appointment today will I'm sure reply to your post when she logs on
Welcome to Cancer Chat. I am sure there will be members posting on here with a variety of hints/suggestions but for what it is worth here is mine.
In 2001 I went for a routine mammogram (age 66) following which I was asked to return for a repeat. the result of that was I needed - scan, ultrasound and needle biopsy followed by biopsy under G A. The results finally diagnosed cancer and I then I had an extensive mastectomy with excision of lymph glands followed by Tamoxifen for five years. I was followed up every six months for two years then annually for three years, following a check mammogram in 2004 it was discovered that there was a shadow in my remaining breast and I needed to return for a repeat mammogram and further scans etc. Luckily for me the shadow had disappeared on the check mammogram - fatty tissue was the answer.
Here I am almost eight years on and still 'up and running' You have every right to be concerned but what I am trying to say is take each stage as it comes but try not to allow your mind to go off at speed and envisage the worst scenario before it happens.
My thoughts are with you and good wishes for the results of your tests. Come back and let the forum know how things are with you. Rodis.
I had a similar thing years ago. Horror of horrors - recalled for another mammogram. In fact it turned out to by a cyst, and with the help of ultrasound, a needle was plunged into my breast - the results were aspirated in front of my eyes (on the ultrasound monitor) and consisted of fluid. End of story from that particular scenario. So let's hope that's something you will have or some other benign thing. By no means are all these recalls breast cancer.
Best of luck
Hi Lee Anne,
have you considered using Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging as another way of checking the function of your breast tissue, as opposed to the structure ? It's a technology that has been around for as long as mammograms, since the early '70's but in the last 10 years has really come ahead in clinical accuracy.
It's non invasive, painless and there is NO radiation involved. Initially you take a scan, and 90 days later a 2nd one, so that you can compare the two. If nothing has changed that is considered a stable benchmark, from which you can then compare any future scans. It's a wonderful solution for younger women especially, as their breast tissue is usually considered too dense for an accurate mammogram or ultrasound read. It is suitable for any age group though.
Any thermal changes are immediate red flags of potential need to address inflammation in the body, which is considered an early indicator for potential to develop disease in the body.
A much simpler, elegant and safe solution to keep an eye on your breats!
As far as your request for putting your mind at ease, it's definitely better to get things checked out, and if you get the all clear, consider thermal imaging as an alternative for the future, and learn about the best strategies for preventing breast cancer.
Thanks for sharing your experiences
Our information nurses would like to let you know that:
"Although an interesting test with some potential, digital infrared thermal imaging has not yet been shown to be a reliable alternative to other methods of investigating breast cancer such as mammography, ultrasound and MRI. Also, this technique would not be able to diagnose cancer on its own. If abnormalities were detected there would still need to be a biopsy. There is a risk that many abnormalities detected by digital thermal mammography will turn out not to be cancer so women may end up having unnecessary biopsies as a result of this test."
There is information about this on our website at the following link https://webmail.cancerresearchuk.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=5186."
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I read your post from your information nurses
with some interest, given the comments that seemingly dismissed Digital
Infrared Thermal Imaging ( DITI ) so lightly.
Given that I have
been working in this field now for the past 5 years, with some
extremely successful case histories of early detection of breast
cancer, ( including my own ), where no physical symptoms were
evident, I feel compelled to pass on this information for women to be
more aware of their options for breast screening. And especially younger
women, who are not in the recommended age bracket for regular testing.
For the record :
Military investment of over
$1billion in the last 10 years, since the first Gulf War, has made
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging ( DITI ) technology extremely
accurate, and it has been applied in the medical arena very
successfully, in many parts of the world, and continues to grow in
DITI has never EVER claimed to diagnose cancer, outright, and has always been viewed as an early warning tool,
( often 8-10 yrs ahead of a mammogram ) an adjunctive test, indicative
of changes in tissue function, which if not addressed, may lead to a
disease state further down the track. Mammograms don't diagnose cancer
either. My understanding is that they merely indicate anomalies in structure of breast tissue, which ALSO then requires bisopsy to determine the nature of the mass.
Like all the current mainstream screening technologies, which ALSO require
a biopsy if an anomaly is found, DITI reports, which are read by
trained medical doctors, encourage patients to seek further clinical
correlation. ( Only a clinic that is offering an accredited medical
imaging reporting service should be used)
There is ALWAYS a
risk with ANY imaging service, that an abnormality may be
mis-reported, but adding DITI into the mix, takes that risk out to
almost 97% accuracy, and given that it is such a non invasive process,
one has to wonder why there has been such opposition to this technology.
biopsies and surgeries are part of the risk factor of any screening
procedure, and research by Harvard University in 2003 identified a mis
- read rate of between 20-30% by mammograms.
I offer these comments simply because I feel so passionately about the
need for younger women especially, to be aware of the importance and
availability of ways to safely monitor their breast health. I am not
advocating that people stop having mammograms, simply that there are
other tools that can be used in conjunction with existing screening
services, if necessary.
I trust this helps give a more balanced perspective.