fibroadenoma question

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fibroadenoma question

by cookkie71 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 08:37 AM

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I'm 41 and I had my first mamo a few weeks ago followed by a repeat mamo and ultrasound.  A small lump was found and I was scheduled for a core biopsy.  The results found the lump to be a fibroadenoma.  My GP was the one who ordered the mamo and he can't tell me anything about fibroadenomas other then the results say it's not cancer and to continue with yearly screens.

Can anyone tell me more?  "Dr. Google" can be a scary thing and not the best source of information, but it suggests that at my age I shouldn't have a fibroadenoma??

I'm uncomfortable with the fact that my GP is unfamiliar with these and just brushed it off.  Should I see someone or just take the wait and see approach?

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by lolis33 on Sun Feb 10, 2013 08:50 AM

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Hi cookkie...totally understand your feelings.  Here's a link that has more information:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004482/

I'm thinking I would be aware of any changes in the lump and trust your GP unless your family history says otherwise (mother/sisters with breast cancer).  What does your gynecologist think?

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by kmoorerd on Thu Feb 28, 2013 05:58 PM

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Had one removed in 2001. NOT cancer, just a fatty lump of tissue. Do follow the guidelines about regular breast exams and mammograms. I would see a OB/GYN NOT just a family practice person. If you have a strong family history you might qualify for a screening MRI for breast cancer. I am now 51, BTW. My fibroadenoma did not show up on MRI or ultrasound, but the doc felt it on exam so we did the whole biopsy thing etc. Actually, they only removed it to settle my mind.

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by ClayBear on Tue Mar 19, 2013 06:29 PM

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I have one the size of an egg and I'm only 32.  The biopsy said it wasn't cancerous and is just a fatty tissue thing that's gonna hang out in there.  I can get it removed if I like, but I don't favor surgery.  It gets sore sometimes too around my periods.

Keep an eye on it.  Make sure you have a good idea of how big it is so you can tell if it's growing over time. 

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by lolis33 on Sun Mar 24, 2013 06:37 PM

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On Feb 10, 2013 8:37 AM cookkie71 wrote:

I'm 41 and I had my first mamo a few weeks ago followed by a repeat mamo and ultrasound.  A small lump was found and I was scheduled for a core biopsy.  The results found the lump to be a fibroadenoma.  My GP was the one who ordered the mamo and he can't tell me anything about fibroadenomas other then the results say it's not cancer and to continue with yearly screens.

Can anyone tell me more?  "Dr. Google" can be a scary thing and not the best source of information, but it suggests that at my age I shouldn't have a fibroadenoma??

I'm uncomfortable with the fact that my GP is unfamiliar with these and just brushed it off.  Should I see someone or just take the wait and see approach?

just another place for information ~ you can never know enough, right? every little bit of knowledge helps you when it comes to your own body, eh?  :-)

http://areyoudenseadvocacy.org/

good luck!

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by Katee1 on Wed Apr 17, 2013 04:15 AM

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I also had one when I was "out of the age group". 

If you had a fibroadenoma, you had a non-cancerous tumor (scary word, tumor, but remember..it only means "growth") composed of glandular and fibrous tissue.  <-- a hard lump in your boob that wasn't cancer!  Phew!  

Still....your boob, not mine, so easy for me to say phew, right?  If you have lingering questions you should go back to your dr.  If s/he makes you feel bad for asking, you have the wrong dr.

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