Can Breast Fibroids Be Cancerous

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    is it possible to have Fibrocystic Breasts under the age of 21?
    one of my breasts is in a lot of pain! i have these symptoms and i researched Fibrocystic Breasts but it said that its more common among older women!
    helpp!

    • ANSWER:
      There are millions of other reasons why your breasts may be in a lot of pain. The pill, certain medications, particular times in your cycle, sleeping on it wrong, I mean, you name it, it could happen. I had a fibroid in my breast when I was 18 but it was non-cancerous.

      If your entire breast is turning into a big lump of scar tissue, then I'd go to the doctor because there's something horribly wrong.

  2. QUESTION:
    can there be a disease where a lump in the breast is formed but it isnt breast cancer?
    well, my friend said that she had a lump in the breast and that she's going for surgery, but she says that it isnt breast cancer :/ So can anyone tell me the name of such a disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroadenomas of the breast are small, solid, rubbery, noncancerous, harmless lumps composed of fibrous and glandular tissue. Because breast cancer can also appear as a lump, doctors usually recommend a tissue sample (biopsy) to rule out cancer. Unlike typical lumps from breast cancer, fibroadenomas are easy to move, with clearly defined edges.
      There are also other types of non cancerous breast lumps.Fibroids are the most common.

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone every have a cyst in their breast?
    For the past two night I have had a tingling sensation in my right breast while I have been sleeping. I did my breast exam and felt no lumps but near the bottom of my breast it is very tender when I touch it.

    Has anyone else had something similiar?

    I don't think it is breast cancer because I'm on 32 and have no family history of the disease. (I know it is still possilbe though.)
    I can't be pregnant because in March I had a hysterectomy.

    Any other ideas? TY.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have it checked. Since you found something that wasn't there before, better to safe than sorry. I've had fibroid tumors removed. They were not cancerous, but later on in life they found a cancerous one. So keep an open mind.

  4. QUESTION:
    where can i find info about fibro adenoma?
    I have this disease since I was in high school and have had two surgeries to remove the fibroid adenomas but they continue to come back so I want to learn as much as I can as far as self education about the causes and if it can lead to breast cancer. Just wondered if any one else has experienced this and knows anything about it? Anything will be appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      *I found this for you. The second paragraph talks about breast cancer. I hope this helps :)

      Fibroadenoma

      A fibroid adenoma is the most common cause for a lump in young women, often between the ages of 15-30. In contrast to a cyst a fibroadenoma is a solid lump comprising, as the name suggests, swirls of fibrous tissue with occasional compressed breast ducts. Fibroadenomas are entirely painless, and once again they probably arise due to hormonal changes in the breast. As a consequence, the lump may arise in an area of the breast were there is already more generalized hormonal breast pain and tenderness giving the false impression that the lump is causing the pain. Fibroadenomas tend to slowly grow to around 1-2cm in diameter and then stop growing. Most women will first become aware of a fibroadenoma when it is already around this size and it is therefore most common for fibroadenomas to seem to stay approximately the same size and not to grow noticeably. Since they are solid lumps fibroadenomas generally do not disappear, although during pregnancy they may undergo noticeable changes resulting in either their disappearance or their progressive enlargement.

      Fibroadenomas are entirely harmless and never turn into breast cancer. All fibroadenomas should however be carefully checked to prove their identity conclusively. Some fibroadenomas can feel very similar to small breast cancerous lumps, and although this is uncommon it is the reason why careful investigations, usually including an ultrasound and needle biopsy are very important. Once a lump has been shown to be definitely a fibroadenoma it is safe to leave. Alternatively a fibroadenoma can be removed by a small operation. A new treatment for fibroadenomas involves removal of the lump through a suction needle leaving only a pin point scar. Fibroadenomas that increase in size or that appear in any way abnormal on the ultrasound scan or needle test should be removed for safety sake.

  5. QUESTION:
    As a 22yr-old woman, should I be concerned about this lump in my breast?
    It seems to have gotten a little, only a little bit bigger in the past year, like a little over a centimeter. As I feel it, it seems to have a crease, like if it were diving in 2. I will be getting it checked out. I just wonder what it could be and why? Aren't I sorta young to be having any sort of cancerous signals?

    • ANSWER:
      First and foremost there is no such thing as too young. I was diagnosed with cervical cancer at 23. You should be concerned about any body changes you have especially a lump. It is possible that it's benign many young women have fibroid cysts there not harmful but you have to be careful about your diet if that is the reason that you have a lump. I'm glad you are getting it looked at . If you do have cancer finding a support system outside your family can be very helpful. There is a cancer forum on Web MD that has survivors talking to people who are newly diagnosed or going through treatment. Medicine has come a long way and if you are ill it should be curable.
      Good luck at your appointment and I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between a fibroid lump and a cancerous lump in your breast?

    • ANSWER:
      You can't tell the difference. Even doctors that check for lumps all the time still take biopsies to know for sure. If you notice a change in any lump you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. For the mental relief, if nothing else. Good Luck! ~TM

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the best home remedy for dysmenorrhea. I have PMS and often bloated and have loss of bowel movement.?
    It is commonly associated with severe abdominal pain and cramps and often relieved when i induce vomiting. There are times when i have loss of consciousness. Health experts, i hope you can enlighten me by an advice and best home remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      Dysmenorrhoea
      Period pains, or dysmenorrhoea, affect 40-70% of women of reproductive age.
      For about one in 10 women the discomfort and pain is bad enough to interfere with their daily lives.
      A certain amount of discomfort around the time of ovulation and menstruation is normal and it has been proposed that it is related to the movements of the womb and the hormones and chemicals that circulate around the body at that time of the month.
      However, sometimes dysmenorrhoea is a sign of an underlying disease.
      The pain typically occurs in the lower abdomen and/or pelvis and can radiate to the back and along the thighs, lasting somewhere between eight and 72 hours.
      It can occur before or during menstruation or both. Headaches, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting may accompany it.
      When there is no underlying cause, simple analgesia with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen might be all that is needed.
      Some women find that going on the combined oral contraceptive pill lessens the discomfort.
      Others have reported being helped by acupuncture, TENS therapy (a painless way of stimulating the nerves using pulsed energy) or a hot water bottle applied locally to the area of discomfort.
      If there is an underlying disease causing the dysmenorrhoea then this should be treated.
      Often there will be other symptoms too, such as heavy bleeding or pain or bleeding after intercourse.
      The most common diseases associated with dysmenorrhoea are endometriosis and fibroids.
      Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that make up the lining of the womb are also found in places other than the womb.
      With each menstruation, this tissue outside of the womb responds to the same hormones that control periods and therefore builds up and breaks down and bleeds in the same way as the womb lining.
      This can lead to inflammation and pain. Endometriosis can be treated with hormones or surgery to shrink or remove the problematic tissue.
      Fibroids are non-cancerous or benign growths in the uterus.
      A fifth of women develop them in their lifetime. They can be very small or as big as a melon.
      Some cause no problems while others cause significant pain and heavy periods.
      Treatment options include hormonal therapy and surgery.
      Other less common causes of dysmenorrhoea are previous pelvic surgery and a pelvic infection.
      Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
      Many women experience physical and mood changes around the time of their period, but for some it can be a particularly difficult time.
      There are more than 150 symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but the common ones include low mood and irritability, breast tenderness and bloating.
      Typically PMS symptoms appear before in the days before period and cease once menstruation begins.
      It is not known what causes PMS but hormonal changes are thought to be involved. PMS severity often increases around hormonal surges, such as puberty and pregnancy.
      Women aged 30-45 often experience the most severe PMS.
      Treatments are available to ease the symptoms. These include hormonal contraceptives and more potent hormonal drugs.
      Some may prefer to try non-hormonal alternatives such as vitamin B6 and evening primrose oil.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is this a sign of breast cancer?
    I'm a 15 year old girl and I've had lumps in my breasts for a couple of days now, and they change pretty often. Last night after I showered, the lump in my right breast was noticeably harder. Today, they're about the same. They hurt a little when I touch them and sometimes I can feel them without touching them, but it's not painful. What could this be? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      At 15 you will have what is called lumpy breast. I know it sounds silly but that's all it is because of your hormones.. Your hormones are preparing you for adulthood and even into your 20's you will feel these lumps. that's why to you, they seem to change because they are not cancerous tumors. They can also be fibroids which also feel like a mass but it's only tissue, not cancer. The likely hood of you at your age getting breast cancer is nil. 0-none. This is why it is not advised that teens and young adults do breast exams because you will fell lumps, bumps etc. So rest easy, this is not breast cancer. When you reach menopause, then your Dr will order mammograms just to make sure you don't get breast cancer or to find it early if you do. No Dr will do one at your age. OK. Hope you feel better about it.

  9. QUESTION:
    does anyone know what a fibroid carcinoma is?
    I had an ultrasound on my breast for a lump and the person doing the scan said it looked liked a fibroid carcinoma. I dont know what this is and was wondering if anyone could give me some information before my doctors appointment in a few days time...
    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      You must have misunderstood them as there is no such thing as fibroid carcinoma. The tech doing the ultrasound legally cannot make a diagnosis and if one ever told a patient they had cancer while doing one they would be fired. Get a copy of the report what the doctor says is what matters. They may have been referring to fibrocystic disease, which is a benign disease. Most lumps found in the breast are not cancerous.

  10. QUESTION:
    Have you every had a shadow show up on a mammogram?
    Did it turn out to be nothing or cancer? I'm scared !

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, have had things show up.

      One was cancer, the others have been nothing to worry about.

      80% of breast lumps are non-cancerous.

      You don't mention your age, the younger you are, the more dense your breast tissue and if you are under 50 this could easily be just a patch of dense breast tissue.

      Fibroid, cyst, there are several options.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a 15 year old to have breast cancer?
    ok, i have a small lump that comes and goes in my left breast. it's also smaller than my other breast. i'm scared to go to the doctor to find out what it is or tell anyone about it. HELP PLEASE!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Rest assured that you're OK. Almost all women have one breast smaller than the other. It's called asymmetrical breast. It's very common. At 15 the chance of you having breast cancer is just about nil. Anything is possible, but breast cancer in a 15 yr old is improbable. Breast cancer strikes women either during or after menopause so you have a long way to go IF you're going to get it. Never, ever be scared to find out. I know this will sound morbid, but the cemetery is filled with people who didn't want to know if they had cancer or not. Besides, when found early there's almost a 100% chance of a cure. When you see your doctor, it will put your mind at ease and you won't worry anymore. The lump could be a cyst which is a fluid filled sac, not cancerous or a fibroid also not cancer. The fact that it comes and goes tells me it's not a tumor. Cysts can be absorbed by the body. Fibroid are very annoying. So don't worry OK. You're fine. Hope your doctor explains lumps to you because at your age, your breast a very thick and naturally lumpy. So you're always going to feel them until you reach about 25. God bless

  12. QUESTION:
    I felt a round bump in my breast, what can this be?
    One day I just randomly check my breast, felt them and found something weird. It felt weird like a small ball or something was in my breast. They are starting to hurt, especially when I feel it. I'm really scared what can this be? any help?.
    By the way i'm 18 almost 19 in a few days. Is that normal?
    I'm 18 almost 19 in a few days, and no one in my family has ever had breast cancer. Help.

    • ANSWER:
      i agree it could be a sign of breast development, and also they could hurt if your about to start your period. also there is something called fibroids which is very common esp in young girls to have... they are benign and nothing to worry about.. my mother couldnt breast feed bc her tissue has alot of fibroids and it was too painful. and cancer does not hurt.. pain is the LAST LAST LAST symptom someone with cancer has. tumors that are cancerous generally are irregualr shape and do not move much when touched.. also having a bruise or any abnormal discharge etc from one breast to the other i would suggest seeing a doctor, but if you are at all concerned or have a history of breast cancer in your family then i would suggest seeing a doctor. but it sounds like something thats completly normal. maybe ask some of your gf or better yet your mom and im sure she will tell you not to worry as well..

  13. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer risk for a 17 year old?
    When I was 16 I had a really big lump that was non-cancerous and was removed because it would not stop growing. It has now been a year and my breast still really hurts and is very sensitive but it does not feel like my other breast. I want to know what the chances are for me to get another lump and what the chances are to get breast cancer my age with already having a lump previously. Thank you very much and I would really appreciate an answer!

    • ANSWER:
      At 17, the chances of breast cancer are usually nil. the lump you had removed...did the Dr tell you what it consist of? Was a fibroid? These are painful, hardened tissue but not cancer. Was it a cysts? These are fluid filled sacs, not cancer. Also, most important, your hormones are wild right now. A teen has hormones developing her all over and the breast are a target for lumpy, bumpy feeling. It's nothing, just your hormones. However, if you've had one removed already, why not go back to that same doctor and see what she says. Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Does all mammogram result which shows a lesion end out to be cancerous?

    • ANSWER:
      No not all is Cancer...You can have fibroid tumors which are benign....I have Breast Cancer and had other surgeries in the past and they were all fibroid....but always remember to have your mammograms every year ...it's that important to do...

  15. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if your breasts are tight and sore ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your period is coming or you're pregnant. If there's chance you could be pregnant, then most likely PMS. If this is the first time you've ever experienced this PMS symptom then most likely you've developed, "Fibrocystic" breasts. Nothing serious, I've been told, but very painful. If you're not due for your period, then I recommend seeking medical attention. Breast cancer/cancerous tumors do not hurt, so don't be concerned about that. Be thankful it's probably a simple issue. My guess is fibroids. :)

  16. QUESTION:
    treatment for breast fibroids?
    do breast fibroids harm a person tested non cancerous and what is the treatment for it and chances of not getting them again

    • ANSWER:
      My wife has had fibroids surgically removed. Some times they might be pre cancerous or might be uncomfortable

      they had her cut way back on caffeine

  17. QUESTION:
    Are there other places you can get fibroids other than your uterine?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there are other places.

      Breast fibroids, also known as fibrocystic breast disease, fibroid breasts, mammary dysplasia, benign breast disease and diffuse cystic mastopathy, are benign (non-cancerous), moveable, rubbery nodules that cause painful swelling near the breast surface.

      For Uterine Fibroids, they are named depending on where they are located.

      Intramural Fibroids are located within the muscle layer of the womb.

      Subserosal fibroids are those that project out from the outer surface of the uterus. They can grow quite large, but do not typically affect the size of the womb cavity. They are more likely to produce pressure symptoms than heavy periods or infertility.

      Submucosal fibroids are the least common (5% of all fibroids). They project into the womb cavity and greatly disrupt its shape. They are the type most likely to cause fertility problems. Sometimes they grow into the uterus, filling it and even growing out of the cervix.

      Pedunculated fibroid - fibroids growing on a stalk, which is called a peduncle. This can be a subserosal pedunculated fibroid, growing on the outside of the uterus, or a submucosal fibroid, growing into the endometrial cavity. The stalk can get twisted which can cause severe pain, although this is extremely rare.

      I hope this helps. As with any medical condition, it is always best to consult your medical doctor in addition to doing your own research. For more research, you can look at the following websites.

  18. QUESTION:
    Pros and cons of birth control pills?
    What are some good things and bad things about taking birth control pills and what are some other options for birth control?

    • ANSWER:
      Good;
      - Reliable.
      - Doesn't interrupt sex.
      - Usually makes your bleeds regular, lighter and less painful.
      - May help with premenstrual symptoms.
      - Reduces the risk of cancer of the ovary, womb and colon.
      - Reduces acne in some women.
      - May protect against pelvic inflammatory disease.
      - May reduce the risk of fibroids, ovarian cysts and (non-cancerous) breast disease.

      Bad;
      - Used as 'quick-fix' for menstrual and hormonal problems so causes are covered up.
      - Suppresses menstrual cycles reducing your ability to care for sexual health long-term.
      - Breakthrough bleeding (you don't get periods on the pill) and spotting.
      - Side-effects; low sex drive, weight gain, headaches, nausea, breast tenderness and mood changes, raised blood pressure, blood clots (thrombosis), heart attack, stroke, and increased risk of breast cancer and cervical cancer if used long-term, can also make bleeding heavier and more painful - side-effects vary greatly from one pill to another.
      - Can take time to find type/brand that works for you, doctors often unhelpful.
      - irregular hormones/menstrual cycles when coming off the pill.

  19. QUESTION:
    What causes miscarriages?
    I know smoking, drinking alcohol and drugs cause miscarriages but what else causes mc??

    • ANSWER:
      Most first trimester miscarriages are caused by problems with the chromosomes of the foetus.

      The most important risk factor for miscarriage is probably the age of the mother:

      -Women under 25 have a 9% risk of having a miscarriage.
      -Women between 25 and 29 have an 11% risk of having a miscarriage.
      -Women between 30 and 34 have a 15% risk of having a miscarriage.
      -Women between 35 and 39 have a 25% risk of having a miscarriage.
      -Women between 40 and 44 have a 51% risk of having a miscarriage.
      -Women over 45 years have a 75% risk of having a miscarriage.

      Other risk factors for having a miscarriage include:

      - obesity,
      - smoking during pregnancy,
      - drug misuse during pregnancy (particularly cocaine),
      - drinking more than 200mg of caffeine a day (equivalent of two mugs of tea or instant coffee, one mug of filter coffee or five cans of cola),
      - drinking more than two units of alcohol a week (one unit is half a pint of bitter or ordinary strength lager, a small glass of wine or a 25ml measure of spirits).

      There are a number of chronic (long-lasting) health conditions that can increase the risk of having a miscarriage. These are:

      - diabetes (if it is poorly controlled),
      - severe high blood pressure (hypertension),
      - lupus (a condition where the immune system attacks healthy tissue),
      - kidney disease,
      - overactive or underactive thyroid gland.

      Infections
      There are a number of infections that may increase the risk of having a miscarriage. These include:

      - rubella (German measles),
      - cytomegalovirus (CMV), and
      - toxoplasmosis (a bacterial infection).

      Miscarriage can also be caused by a bacterial infection of the vagina. This type of infection is known as bacterial vaginosis (BV).

      Antibodies
      Antibodies are proteins that are produced by the immune system to fight infection.

      Approximately 15% of women with a history of recurrent miscarriages (three or more miscarriages in a row) have a higher than usual level of an antibody called antiphospholipid (aPL) in the blood. The aPL antibodies are known to cause blood clots. These blood clots can block the supply of blood to the foetus, which can cause a miscarriage.

      Having a high number of aPL antibodies in your blood is known as Hughes syndrome.

      Womb structure
      Problems and abnormalities with the womb can also lead to second trimester miscarriages. Possible problems with the structure of the womb include:

      - fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the womb),
      - scarring on the surface of the womb.

      Weakened cervix
      In some cases, the muscles of the cervix (the opening of the womb) are weaker than usual. This is known as a weakened cervix.
      The muscle weakness can cause the cervix to open too early during pregnancy, leading to a miscarriage.

      Hyperprolactinaemia
      Prolactin is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy. It helps prepare the breasts for breastfeeding. Sometimes, women have a higher level of prolactin in their body than usual. This is known as hyperprolactinaemia.
      Some limited evidence suggests that hyperprolactinaemia may be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage.

      Polycystic ovary syndrome
      Polycystic ovary syndrome (POS) is a condition where the ovaries are larger than normal. It can lead to hormonal imbalances inside the womb.
      POS is known to be a leading cause of infertility. There is some evidence to suggest that it may also be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage in women who are still fertile.
      However, the exact role that POS plays in miscarriages is unclear.

      Misconceptions about miscarriage
      There are a number of widely held assumptions about the possible causes of miscarriages. For example, maternal stress is often believed to be a cause. However, there is no evidence to support such claims.

      An increased risk of miscarriage is also not linked to:

      - a mother’s emotional state during pregnancy, such as being stressed or depressed,
      - having a shock or fright during pregnancy,
      - exercise during pregnancy (but discuss what type of exercise is suitable for you during pregnancy with your GP or midwife),
      - lifting or straining during pregnancy,
      - working during pregnancy,
      - having sex during pregnancy.

  20. QUESTION:
    Help I've been experiencing pain in my right ovary and in my right leg?

    could it be cancer (ovarian cancer)
    just had my period five days a go

    • ANSWER:
      What are the symptoms of ovarian cysts?
      Many ovarian cysts don't cause symptoms. Others can cause

      * pressure, swelling, or pain in the abdomen pelvic pain
      * dull ache in the lower back and thighs
      * problems passing urine completely
      *pain during sex
      * weight gain
      * pain during your period
      * abnormal bleeding
      * nausea or vomiting
      * breast tenderness
      If you have these symptoms, get help right away:

      * pain with fever and vomiting
      * sudden, severe abdominal pain
      * faintness, dizziness, or weakness
      * rapid breathing

      How are ovarian cysts found?
      Doctors most often find ovarian cysts during routine pelvic exams. The doctor may feel the swelling of a cyst on the ovary. Once a cyst is found, tests are done to help plan treatment. Tests include:

      An ultrasound. This test uses sound waves to create images of the body. With an ultrasound, the doctor can see the cyst's:

      shape, size, location, mass—if it is fluid-filled, solid, or mixed

      A pregnancy test. This test may be given to rule out pregnancy.
      Hormone level tests. Hormone levels may be checked to see if there are hormone-related problems.
      A blood test. This test is done to find out if the cyst may be cancerous. The test measures a substance in the blood called cancer-antigen 125 (CA-125). The amount of CA-125 is higher with ovarian cancer. But some ovarian cancers don't make enough CA-125 to be detected by the test. Some noncancerous diseases also raise CA-125 levels. Those diseases include uterine fibroids (YOO-tur-ihn FEYE-broidz) and endometriosis. Noncancerous causes of higher CA-125 are more common in women younger than 35. Ovarian cancer is very rare in this age group. The CA-125 test is most often given to women who:
      * are older than 35
      * are at high risk for ovarian cancer
      * have a cyst that is partly solid

      How are cysts treated?
      Watchful waiting. If you have a cyst, you may be told to wait and have a second exam in 1 to 3 months. Your doctor will check to see if the cyst has changed in size. This is a common treatment option for women who:

      are in their childbearing years
      have no symptoms
      have a fluid-filled cyst
      It may be an option for postmenopausal women.

      Surgery. Your doctor may want to remove the cyst if you are postmenopausal, or if it:

      doesn't go away after several menstrual cycles
      gets larger
      looks odd on the ultrasound
      causes pain
      The two main surgeries are:

      Laparoscopy (lap-uh-ROSS-kuh-pee)—done if the cyst is small and looks benign (noncancerous) on the ultrasound. While you are under general anesthesia, a very small cut is made above or below your navel. A small instrument that acts like a telescope is put into your abdomen. Then your doctor can remove the cyst.

      Laparotomy (lap-uh-ROT-uh-mee)—done if the cyst is large and may be cancerous. While you are under general anesthesia, larger incisions are made in the stomach to remove the cyst. The cyst is then tested for cancer. If it is cancerous, the doctor may need to take out the ovary and other tissues, like the uterus. If only one ovary is taken out, your body is still fertile and can still produce estrogen.

      Birth control pills. If you keep forming functional cysts, your doctor may prescribe birth control pills to stop you from ovulating. If you don’t ovulate, you are less likely to form new cysts. You can also use Depo-Provera®. It is a hormone that is injected into muscle. It prevents ovulation for 3 months at a time.

      Can ovarian cysts be prevented?
      No, ovarian cysts cannot be prevented. The good news is that most cysts:

      don't cause symptoms
      are not cancerous
      go away on their own
      Talk to your doctor or nurse if you notice:

      changes in your period
      pain in the pelvic area
      any of the major symptoms of cysts

      When are women most likely to have ovarian cysts?
      Most functional ovarian cysts occur during childbearing years. And most of those cysts are not cancerous. Women who are past menopause (ages 50­–70) with ovarian

  21. QUESTION:
    Called back for another mammogram?
    Is it bad when you get called back for a mammogram? My grandma got called back for another one after having one last week. Im super scared, shes so special to me and the most important person in my life. Shes raised me on her own and i would be crushed if she got breast cancer. After she told me I started crying in my room for an hour. So could this be a bad thing? Shes 49.

    • ANSWER:
      Don't borrow trouble. A call back for any medical test can be for several reasons.Occasionally it can be to confirm something they saw in the test, but most times it is because something went wrong with the test itself and has nothing to do with finding anything. I've been called back for a mammogram because they saw a shadow that turned out to be nothing.Even if there is a lump there that does not mean it is cancer. I've had a benign cyst removed from my breast. My DIL just had a fibroid removed from hers and neither were cancer.Even if it is cancer and it is caught early by mammogram it can be cured

      My dear--relax. The time to get upset is if they tell you it is something. In other word don't borrow trouble. In your grandma's case it is probably nothing. I only said the above to show you that not all lumps are cancer and small cancerous lumps do not mean a death sentence. That's why women have mamograms in the first place. Think positive--it never helps to worry about something that may never happen--it can just make you sick.

  22. QUESTION:
    Why are my breasts so sore?
    Hugging hurts, so does laying on my chest, or doing anything that applies pressure. I noticed this in the past week. I don't think it is cancer or anything horrible like that, because I have the pain in both breasts, and cannot feel any lumps. Could it be related to my cycle? I menstruated maybe two weeks ago? Any ideas? (oh yes...my breasts are very small, and it hurts on the upper middle areas).

    • ANSWER:
      the pain could be from fibroids, although women with larger beast usually have them, you could as well. They are fatty lumpy tissue, and most usually non cancerous, btw.

      Also, I find that when I am hurting in my heart, head, or in a depression, ALL of me hurts, and I usually wear a bra to bed on those occasions!

      Don't think it's anything to worry about but try asking women in your family(if that is possible). Family history can tell you alot!''
      Good luck!

  23. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had a cyst on their ovaries? What are some of the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have an ovarian cyst. Usually it only bothers me during and before my cycle, and when I move or twist certain ways.

      One burst a couple of months ago, and I experienced severe pain, but once it burst, it felt better (I went to the ER).

      Symptoms can be a pinching or cramping feeling, passing dry blood or "water" when it is not your time of the month.

      Sometimes they will do surgery for them. I don't want surgery because I'm on Coumadin, so I'm holding out as long as I can!

      Some are dangerous, and need medical attention...

      Here's some stuff you might find helpful:

      What symptoms are caused by ovarian cysts?

      Most cysts are never noticed and resolve without women ever realizing that they are there. When a cyst causes symptoms, pain in the belly or pelvis is by far the most common one. The pain can be caused from rupture of the cyst, rapid growth and stretching, bleeding into the cyst, or twisting of the cyst around its blood supply.

      How are ovarian cysts diagnosed?

      Most cysts are diagnosed by ultrasound, which is the best imaging technique for detecting ovarian cysts. Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses sound waves to produce an image of structures within the body. Ultrasound imaging is painless and causes no harm.

      Cysts can also be detected with other imaging methods, such as CAT scan or MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging).

      How can the physician decide if an ovarian cyst is dangerous?

      If a woman is in her 40’s, or younger, and has regular menstrual periods, most ovarian masses are “functioning ovarian cysts,” which are not really abnormal. They are related to the process of ovulation that happens with the menstrual cycle. They usually disappear on their own during a future menstrual cycle. Therefore, especially in women in their 20’s and 30’s, these cysts are watched for a few menstrual cycles to verify that they disappear. Because oral contraceptives work in part by preventing ovulation, physicians will not really expect women who are taking oral contraceptives to have common “functioning ovarian cysts.” Thus, women who develop ovarian cysts while taking oral contraceptives may be advised against simple observation; rather, they may receive closer monitoring with pelvic ultrasound or, less commonly, surgical exploration of the ovary.

      Other factors are helpful in evaluating ovarian cysts (besides the woman's age, or whether she is taking oral contraceptives). A cyst that looks like it’s just one simple sac of fluid on the ultrasound is more likely to be benign, than a cyst with solid tissue in it. So the ultrasound appearance also plays a role in determining the level of suspicion regarding a serious ovarian growth.

      Ovarian cancer is rare in women younger than age 40. After age 40, an ovarian cyst has a higher chance of being cancerous than before age 40, although most ovarian cysts are benign even after age 40. CA-125 blood testing can be used as a marker of ovarian cancer, but it does not always represent cancer when it is abnormal. , First, many benign conditions in women of childbearing age can cause the CA-125 level to be elevated, so CA-125 is not a specific test, especially in younger women. Pelvic infections, uterine fibroids, pregnancy, benign (hemorrhagic) ovarian cysts, and liver disease are all conditions that may elevate CA-125 in the absence of ovarian cancer. Second, even if the woman has an ovarian cancer, not all ovarian cancers will cause the CA-125 level to be elevated. Furthermore, CA-125 levels can be abnormally high in women with breast, lung, and pancreatic cancer.

  24. QUESTION:
    Got my results from breast ultrasound and this is what it says....?
    palpable lump in upper outer aspect of the right breast. Multiple heterogeneous calcification's in the right breast superior lateral quadrant anterior depth. increases fibroglandular tissue at site of lump with no focal mass identified. Intermediate suspicion of malignancy. Mammogram BI-RADS 4b. Ultrasound BI_RADS 4b.

    please help should i be concerned? What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Michele, I'm a cancer survivor and my mom just had a masectomy too. It's scary and you are right to be concerned and ask questions, that's how we learn. What it means ifyou have a lump you can feel, it moves around a little on the outer part of your right breast probaby toward the under arm I'm thinking, you have calcifications in there we all have those, there's some odd fibroglandular tissue there too which means it could be cancer but it could be benign too and either way it should be removed, what they will want you to do is have a biopsy to determine what it is. Did they say how many millimeters or centimeters it is? The BIRADS is just the xray grading system. There's odd tissue sometimes called papilloma's which are fibroids that are stringy in the breast which can be a precursor to cancer so best to get the lump and tissue removed and find out what the scoop is, better now before it turns cancerous and causes trouble later on. Let me know how you make out and try to not worry.

  25. QUESTION:
    Do you think I have Ovarian Cancer?
    k I'm 24 I have had 3 children. My last son who is 2and a half nursed for his whole first year. SO it's been a year and a half since I breast fed and I am still having iregular periods. I was diagnosed with cysts that did not need removed and were not cancerous and one tiny fibroid that was also not cancerous. I stopped my period for two months about 4 months ago. Then I got a 3 day cycle and now I am once again a month late. I do sometimes feel pelvic pain and pressure but not constantly.It comes and goes. My last pap was late July so only a few months back and it came back normal. I had some blood tests I guess the normal stuff done as well. SO yeah I'm scared I have cancer I haven't yet told my doctor all this cause I now do not have Insurance and can not afford to go. Please help by telling me whether or not it sounds like I have ovarian cancre or not.
    OK so yeah I just got off the phine with a few clinics. One even told me since I just had a normal pap in July that I could not have cancer. But I made a appointment for Friday anyway. So thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't sound like ovarian cancer, however, I am not a doctor. I can tell you from personal experience that when this happened to me I was pregnant. Please try and find a free clinic that offers services for the uninsured. You should see a doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    Should i have thyroid surgery?
    So i have thyroid disease. And i also have four nodules on my thyroid gland. My endocrinologist told me it's better to have my whole thyroid removed to get rid of my hyperthyroid/hypothyroid and my nodules, because she thinks their too big. She doesn't even know if my nodules are cancerous. She hasn't even prescribed me meds or tried anything on me! Shouldn't surgery be a last resort kind of thing? My mom wants me to have the surgery too. I think she's pretty clueless, cause she's only the docter's side and doesn't listen to me. She thinks all my thyroid problems will be solved once i have surgery. Of course she's not worried, because all she has to do is pay and sign a paper for me to go under the knife. But isn't there risks? If i get my thyroid removed, other complications can occur, right? And it doesn't stop there, My disease won't be really cured. I think i still have to get myself checked and be on medication for the rest of my life. They are planing the surgery for this January or Febuary, and those will be my busiest months in school, i have alot of exams and studying to do. And im not exactly the smartest, so alot of studying... and alot of worrying about recovering. I'm only 15, and i have never had a single surgery done. I've always been the healthy one in my family, until now i guess. I'm really, really scared. Thinking about it just makes me really nervous and worried. Especially that my mom is already making future plans for me.

    • ANSWER:
      You sound pretty astute for a 15 year old. If you don't trust her then don't let her cut you open and take important things out of your body! I think you're completely right, surgery should be a LAST option and only if you know for a FACT that you're dealing with cancer or some other potentially fatal disease. A thyroid biopsy is an easy way to determine if the nodules are benign and doesn't involve any cutting whatsoever. I had hypo/hyper thyroid with nodules too and after doing my research decided to try iodine (ldoral by optomix) tablets which I ordered from pureformulas.com. I started at 50 mg and tapered down to 25mg when salty things started metallic-y. In about a month, my thyroid was almost back to normal size. A couple of other symptoms of malfunctioning thyroid I had were lower than normal body temperature, which is back in normal range, and a breast fibroid which is down 50% in size. Just a note of caution, don't be surprised if your doctor discourages you from trying iodine... Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    can you help me i found a lump on my breast?
    okay im 16 and i felt my breast and i arched my back and i felt it and there was a lump inside on top of my nipple not ON the nipple but like beside on top of it im like worried and like scared something up can you tell me what it could be ?
    you guys did NOT help now im worried

    • ANSWER:
      Something which might reassure you: if the lump is on the colored part, the areola, there's a chance that it is just erectile tissue beside the nipple. Especially if it goes down at times. Often this startles someone, when it is merely the skin responding to cold, etc., like the nipple does.

      Secondly, you need to know that MOST lumps are benign (not bad, non-cancerous). The largest percentage of them are not bad! From cysts to fibroids, you can have any number of things which are no problem. And sometimes they disappear completely, oddly enough.

      Do see your doctor, but go in with the attitude that it's probalby nothing, but wise to check it out. At your age of 16, it'd be very unusual for it to be cancerous. You'll be fine, honey, but you'll sure feel better once you have it checked out!

  28. QUESTION:
    Explanation of Fibroid Tumors?
    I was told I have a small one. What is usually the treatment for them? Do the get larger? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      As far as I know it is cluster of tissues/fibre that get clumped together. Something like that. I had a small one in my breast and the doctor told me it was benign, not cancerous.
      She gave me the option to get surgery and have it removed and I didn't, because it was benign.
      I went to get it checked again a year later and it had grown much larger. I then got the surgery to remove it because it could have kept growing and that would have been uncomfortable and probably a more serious surgery.
      I was told that they sometimes stay the same size and do not grow, but it is important to get regualar checkups.

  29. QUESTION:
    Fibroids - possible treatment options?
    Just had ultrasound scan and told I have at least 5 fibroids, possibly more and they are up to 5cm in length. Not seeing the consultant for another week to discuss the scan and possible treatments.

    What courses are available to me, bearing in mind that I am getting symptoms and I don't want any more children

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      They aren't likely in danger of becoming cancerous. If they are causing you bleeding problems, your doctor may recommend removal, ablation, leaving them alone, or hysterectomy.

      I had mine unceremoniously ripped out by total hysterectomy and have never been happier! It was very painful for a couple weeks, but I survived. I've never been pregnant and the tumors were pretty big so it had to be done abdominally (not vaginally), but I'm glad it's over. Doc gave me a souvenir picture of what he took out and it was remarkably large, swollen to the size of an orange from several walnut-sized fibroids. I could no longer take hormonal b.c. due to having breast cancer, and without it the bleeding was horrendous, so this was the best choice.

  30. QUESTION:
    Help.Ive found a lump in my breast.?
    A few months ago i found a lump in my breast.I went to the hospital where i had a scan and was told it was noyhing.I wasn't given an explanation as to why it appeared or what it could be.Now a few months down the line ive still got it.Im still very worried and want to get it checked again.Will i be taken seriously or will they think im being paranoid.

    • ANSWER:
      You said you had a scan, did you have a ultra sound or a mamogram? You probably have fibrocystic breasts, many women do. Fibrocystic breasts are not cancerous, they can be painful. If you have fibrocystic breasts you will probably get more. My radiologist told me once malignant tumors are usually just 1, benign tumors come in groups and I had a bus load. I have both cysts and fibroid tumors. Cysts are fluid filled masses and tumors are solid. Cancerous masses are mutated tissue that have a blood supply that feeds the tumor and allows it to grow. Fibroid tumors are fibrous tissue without a blood supply, they may be painful to touch but cause no serious problems and are usually left alone. You do need to make sure whenever you find a new mass to have it checked ASAP to make sure it is not a malignancy, that is something that requires immediate attention. My tumors show up in my ultrasounds but not my mamograms, however my mamograms do show calcifications from past cysts. I also have current cysts, they tend to get larger after I ovulate. I've had a rather large one, almost the size of a golf ball. I found it a year ago Although I wasn't real concerned because it was so big and came on so rapidly and was painful to touch, I was pretty sure it was a cyst, I still had it checked immediately. They did a mamogram and ultra sound and it was indeed a cyst, they left it alone, I've had it for the past year, but when I did my breast self exam this month it was gone. Do your breast self exams every month and report any changes to your Dr., chances are you have nothing to worry about but if you are still worried get checked again for peace of mind. Before you go to the Dr. write down all the questions you have for him, take them with you, then if you become stressed you'll have them right there and won't forget to ask your Dr. about your concerns. Also watch for any discharge from your nipples, or puckering of the skin on your breasts these are signs of malignancy. However I did have a benign ductal tumor that caused discharge too. I wish you the best, I know all too well the anxiety you are feeling. good luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    Mammogram shows swollen lymph nodes?
    I have a Fibroid (non cancerous) tumor in my left breast, this is suppose to be in the milk gland. I had a mammogram that came back saying I have swollen lymph nodes under my left armpit. I have CONSTANT pain in that side of my breast, it feels like I'm being stabbed in my left shoulderblade all the way through to my left side of breast ALL the time. Doctor said I have to go get a better mammogram. Diagnostical? breast mammogram and then see what to do from there. The mere mention of my Lymph glands swollen is scaring me to death. My brother had breast cancer and had to have a complete mastectomy, also my moms mom, she died from breast cancer. BUT..i also have several Autoimmune Diseases, Lupus is one. Can Anyone shed any light on this for me I sure would appreciate it. Thank you sooo much.

    • ANSWER:
      Do not mean to scare you but get tested for hodgkins disease. It is a rare cancer(but very curable if caught early!!!) that gives you itchy skin, swollen lymph nodes under armpit and neck, and enlarged spleen. Please know this could be caused by many different things, but just want others to know

  32. QUESTION:
    fibroid changes in breasts?
    I recently found a bead like lump in my breast, I went to my gynocologist and she found more on the other breast.She called them fibroid changes and suggested a vitamin supplement and a follow up visit in 8 weeks. Has anyone had these changes happened to them, and what happens after?

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroid changes she's referring to are 'fibroadenoma'. ....also known as 'breast mouse'. These are mostly benign (non cancerous) fibrous changes of the breast mass.
      Since you're probably young...your doc probably wants to first correlate the finding with your menstrual cycle then follow up to see if there are any changes later.
      If it increases in size or gets harder...you'll need an FNAC (fine needle aspiration cytology) to rule out cancer.
      I would not worry too much at this point....just make sure you do your regular follow up with MD.
      GL

  33. QUESTION:
    breast cancer? hormonal?
    My 12 year old daughter has a swollen, soar left breast. she has not had sex, and i am sure of it. could this be cancer? she has also had a late period. she has not had sex, so dont say she is pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      I found an awesome website regarding breast cancer. I posted some information below. If you are interested in further information please check out this website.

      Generally speaking, breast lumps caused by cancer are firm, pain-free and never go away. A breast lump that grows and does not move when touched may be an indication of breast cancer but not necessarily. Most breast lumps are not cancerous and are usually cysts or fibroid masses. It is important to report any changes that you notice in your breasts to your doctor as soon as possible.

      Good Luck to you!

  34. QUESTION:
    discovered lump in my breast during breastfeeding?
    I am breastfeeding. I have discovered a lump on my right breast during the first few weeks of giving birth. I`ts not sore and it doesn`t move around. Went to the doctor, they did ultrasound and the doctor tried to compare the texture/feel of the breast with lump with the one that doesn`t have lump. In the ultrasound, both breast looks the same. Doctor said can`t say what it is yet. I have another appointment after 2 months but he mentioned that I can come back if I feel pain or I`m uncomfortable with the lump. anyone has this experience or anyone you know? what did you/they do about it? what did the lump turn out to be--- clogged milk gland, fibroids, cancer, non-cancerous lump or something else?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a lump that was a clogged milk duct. It was uncomfortable though. There are ways to unclog it. You can Google that and see if it works. I did a lot of warm showers with directed massage to clear it out. If it is a clogged duct, it may work.

      Try not to stress. The hormonal changes with pregnancy/birth/breastfeeding can also make your breasts more fibrous.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is this breast cancer?
    Ok, so since i was 12, my left breast has hurt whenever you press on it, (ex. cat walks across) not horribly though, ( i also had someone step on it when i was younger) just hurts a bit, my nipple i think, is inverted, it doesn't pop out like the right one. Is this possible cancer? It is slightly smaller then the right one, not noticably though. Idk if i can check at home, w/o any tests and w/o going to the doctor. Please help -scared-

    • ANSWER:
      Almost every woman has what is called asymmetrical breast, One will be smaller than the other. I had that too. It's hardly noticeable. During puberty, young girls have developing breast and there is a lump under the nipple that does hurt when pushed Some also have inverted nipples and nothing is wrong with it, while it can be a sign of something wrong. It doesn't sound like cancer. As always, if you feel uncomfortable with what you feel and see then by all means speak to your Dr. Inverted nipples don't mean breast cancer. It could be a variety of things. Do self breast checks. Just in case you're not familiar on how to do it, start at the nipple with your arm above your head. If doing the right one, then the right arm goes above your head. Start at the nipple palpating in a clockwise manner moving further and further around the breast all the way to your underarm. If you feel a lump or anything you think is unusual, contact your Dr. How old are you now? If you do these self checks once a month you're doing great. That is the only test, so to speak that you can do without going to a Dr. Don't be scared, There is another symptom call lumpy breast or fibroid, These are always non cancerous, You could also have fatty cysts which is just what the word means, a cysts that's only fat tissue. Bottom line is at puberty, all girls have painful breast because they are developing. I remember when I was 13 and my dog jumped up and his paw landed on my breast and I thought I would die because it hurt so much. I'm curious about one thing, why did someone step on you. So keep doing your self checks OK. Right now, I don't think you have to worry, just ask your Dr to be sure and put your mind at ease. Best of luck to you.

  36. QUESTION:
    HELP PLEASE! yesterday i felt a pea size lump right next to my left breast ??
    it small but when i but presuure on it hurts this has been really bothering me all night not only that but about 2 days ago that same brests had Fluided coming out of the nipple which is also very sore what can this be??? I'm only 20yrs old? is it possible to have breast cancer so early?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible this is a small fibroid tumor, non cancerous, that is causing your pain. Usually caffeine is the cause of these painful little lumps, which can sometimes get larger, and restricting your caffeine intake will greatly help the condition as it can and does get worse if not paid attention to. Cancerous tumors are generally not painful. A checkup with your doctor can greatly help understand the problem that you are having with your breast. There are instances when both breasts are involved. Also, is it time for your menses? Sometimes hormonal changes will sometimes cause these to show up. Hope this helps.

  37. QUESTION:
    ovarian cysts and are they cancerous?
    what are the symptoms of ovarian cancer and ovarian cysts. have a cyst that is half solid half water is that cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs or pockets within or on the surface of an ovary. Women have two ovaries — each about the size and shape of an almond — located on each side of the uterus. Eggs (ova) develop and mature in the ovaries and are released in monthly cycles during your childbearing years.

      Many women have ovarian cysts at some time during their lives. Most ovarian cysts present little or no discomfort and are harmless. The majority of ovarian cysts disappear without treatment within a few months.

      However, ovarian cysts — especially those that have ruptured — sometimes produce serious symptoms. The best ways to protect your health are to know the symptoms that may signal a more significant problem, and to schedule regular pelvic examinations.

      Most cysts don't cause any symptoms and go away on their own. A large ovarian cyst can cause abdominal discomfort. If a large cyst presses on your bladder, you may feel the need to urinate more frequently because bladder capacity is reduced.

      The symptoms of ovarian cysts, if present, may include:

      Menstrual irregularities
      Pelvic pain — a constant or intermittent dull ache that may radiate to your lower back and thighs
      Pelvic pain shortly before your period begins or just before it ends
      Pelvic pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
      Pain during bowel movements or pressure on your bowels
      Nausea, vomiting or breast tenderness similar to that experienced during pregnancy
      Fullness or heaviness in your abdomen
      Pressure on your rectum or bladder that causes a need to urinate more frequently or difficulty emptying your bladder completely

      To identify the type of cyst, your doctor may perform the following procedures:

      Pregnancy test. A positive pregnancy test may suggest that your cyst is a corpus luteum cyst, which can develop when the ruptured follicle that released your egg reseals and fills with fluid.

      Pelvic ultrasound. In this painless procedure, a wand-like device (transducer) is used to send and receive high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound). The transducer can be moved over your abdomen and inside your vagina, creating an image of your uterus and ovaries on a video screen. This image can then be photographed and analyzed by your doctor to confirm the presence of a cyst, help identify its location and determine whether it's solid, filled with fluid or mixed.

      Laparoscopy. Using a laparoscope — a slim, lighted instrument inserted into your abdomen through a small incision — your doctor can see your ovaries and remove the ovarian cyst.

      CA 125 blood test. Blood levels of a protein called cancer antigen 125 (CA 125) often are elevated in women with ovarian cancer. If you develop an ovarian cyst that is partially solid and you are at high risk of ovarian cancer, your doctor may test the level of CA 125 in your blood to determine whether your cyst could be cancerous. Elevated CA 125 levels can also occur in noncancerous conditions, such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids and pelvic inflammatory disease.

      Take care! Mama Bear

  38. QUESTION:
    I'm 24 and scared I have ovarian cancer?
    ok I'm 24 I have had 3 children. My last son who is 2and a half nursed for his whole first year. SO it's been a year and a half since I breast fed and I am still having iregular periods. I was diagnosed with cysts that did not need removed and were not cancerous and one tiny fibroid that was also not cancerous. I stopped my period for two months about 4 months ago. Then I got a 3 day cycle and now I am once again a month late. I do sometimes feel pelvic pain and pressure but not constantly.It comes and goes. My last pap was late July so only a few months back and it came back normal. I had some blood tests I guess the normal stuff done as well. SO yeah I'm scared I have cancer I haven't yet told my doctor all this cause I now do not have Insurance and can not afford to go. Please help by telling me whether or not it sounds like I have ovarian cancre or not.
    No I don't think I am. I took a blood pregnancy test around the time I was late and I have took several home pregnancy test since then.
    Thank you:)

    • ANSWER:
      You already mentioned that you have cysts and fibroids so this is most likely causing your problems. PCOS can cause these symptoms. Do some reseach on the web about it. Any chance you could be pregnant again?

  39. QUESTION:
    keep getting lumps on breast?
    this is the 3rd time ive got a lump on breast had bioposy & it not cancerous would anyone know why they keep coming back...

    • ANSWER:
      I don't know why they keep coming back, but if I were you, I would sure be thankful they are not cancerous. Sometimes women have what is called, lumpy breast, and fibro cystic disease. This is never cancer, Some of the fibroid may be getting larger and your Dr feels they should be biopsied. Have they ever removed any of these lumps? That's what it sounds like to me. Just fibroid tumors growing. Just because they are not cancerous right now, don't stop checking or ignore other lumps in your breast. The first time you ignore a lump, may be the first time the lump is a tumor. So you're doing the right thing. You are having them checked out. Good, Don't stop, God bless you

  40. QUESTION:
    after a total hysterectomy, what are the risks of not taking hrt or the necessities of taking them?

    • ANSWER:
      This is not an easy to answer question based on the limited information you give.

      If you had a hysterectomy (total with removal of ovaries) and it was due to a cancerous environment, then you may NOT be the best candidate for HRT.

      If you had a hysterectomy due to fibroids in the uterus, prolapse of the uterus or reoccuring polyps with a proliferative endometrial lining, then you MAY be a candidate for HRT.

      The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is the largest study to date conducted on HRT.

      However I caution you...the first part of the WHI study was conducted on women who were on combination estrogen/progesterone pills. This is the part of the study that found a small increase in breast cancer, as well as concluding that there is NO protection from heart disease on HRT, rather finding that cholesterol levels in women did increase on HRT, thus leading to increased heart disease.

      Since you no longer have a uterus, you do NOT need a combination of estrogen/progestin. You only need the estrogen component. WHI did do a second study on ERT (Estrogen Replacement Therapy), but stopped the study early based on the inconclusive and confusing results of the HRT (combination pill) study.

      Here is a good link for you to check out...
      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/whi/

      There are risks and benefits associated with every drug and even supplements that we take. Figuring out what is more benefical then risky for you needs to be done between you and your physican.

      I also recommend that if you don't have a gyne that knows about hormones, that you invest the time to finding one to consult with you who does. It can make a huge difference.

      Really, HRT or ERT is not the enemy it's made out to be...again...risk must outweigh benefit in taking medications.

      Know your risks and your benefits and ask ALOT of questions.

  41. QUESTION:
    Breast Cancer?
    During my last menstral I noticed particular soreness on the side of my breast into my armpit. I checked and found a lump in my breast. I waited a couple weeks and checked again, the lump is still there and the lymph nodes surrounding the area are swollen. The lump is not sore, but the lymph nodes are very tender. Does anyone have any idea as to what this can be?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. The lump might not be cancerous. Best to have a mammogram done to find out. My fren have lumps and was afraid to go for mammo. She delayed it for 2 yrs. When she finally go for mammo, she also did an ultrasound to check her uterus (she always have heavy menstral flow) and found out that she have fibroids.

      Early detection saves lives. And breast cancer is quick easy to treat. My aunt had breast cancer 8 yrs ago. She's still alive and healthy today.

      Go for it girl! And clear yourself of worries.
      God bless.

  42. QUESTION:
    My body is acting strange. Thyroid?
    1. My left breast started hurting and there's like a lump beneath my nipple. That breast also seems bigger than the other one.

    2. I had my period on August 3rd and it went from heavy to light to heavy and so on for 5 days. Now I have my period (started Monday) and it's wierd. The first day I didn't wear a pad or tampon because it was barely anything. Yesterday I woke up and it was heavy. I filled a tampon in, in 2 seconds. And then it was enough for a pad to last the rest of the day. Then this morning, I really had to go in and check if I still had my period and, apparently, I still do.

    Could it be a thyroid problem causing these changes and what not?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends, it could be a fibroid, which is basically a benign (non cancerous) tumour in you uterus. I don't really see it as being a Thyroid problem unless your family has had a history of Thyroid problems. Thyroid problems are usually symptoms like:

      - Extreme weight loss without doing anything (dieting, etc)
      - Extreme weight gain without overeating, eating unhealthy
      - Lump in neck, soreness in neck
      - Hair loss

      If anything the period thing is just caused by an irregular period, some months are just like that. If it continues, or has happened before I suggest you to see a doctor.

      For the breast problem, I don't know you age, so it can vary. If you are a teenager it could be that your breasts are simply 'budding' because they are developing. If you are older it could be a breast infection like if the milk duct is blocked, causing it to be sore and swollen as you described. Depending on your age you should be seeing a doctor. I don't think it is anything too serious, I doubt it is cancer, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    breast lump thats numb?
    li am a 32 yr old woman. last week i found a lump in my breast, this was two days before i was to start my period, and my breasts are very tender at that time, i immediately went to my doctor and he examined me.
    he thought the lump was a cyst so he tried to asperiate it with a needle, he tried twice and got nothing.
    i was so scared i cried, during examination he discovered two more lumps in my other breast.
    the one thing that puzzled me was that when he tried to asperiate fluid from the lump it was numb, i felt nothing,
    i keep thinking about this and wondering if its a good sign that maybe its dead tissue and i have nothing to worry about, or does it mean i have a maligiant tumor.
    i am waiting in the meantime for a ultrasound and mammogram.
    the doc said that this lump was soft and movable, he said that cancer lumps are hard a pebbly, is this always true?

    • ANSWER:
      Wow. I am waiting for the same report. I've got the same symptoms you described. My doc told me that most cancerous lumps will not move when touched and feel like rock candy under the skin. He told me I probably have a fibroid. Hopefully, this is the case with you. Best wishes and try not to stress out too much!

  44. QUESTION:
    Breast cancer???
    Im 16 and have a bump in the side of my brest by my armpit i pad it and it hurts, i just barely notice this like 2 days ago, i dont have a personal doctor or anything like that should i go to the clinic near my house or a Hospital, i ask this becasue not too long ago my moms friend went and got hers checked the doctors said she fine, but she was not shure so she went to another place and they found her cancerous bumps. I just dont want that to happen to me becasue if i do have something n doctors say i dont have anything n go on living life like that and then later on i find out that i have cancer, that will really make me upset. So what do u think i should do???
    and it does not run in the family at all, the only thing that runs is diabetes but other than that we are a pretty healthy family.

    • ANSWER:
      from my expercience... when I was 14 I remember having lumps in my breast but was scared to go at a doc and find out what is it. About age 17-18 I told my mom and right away she carry me to a doc.
      The doc check me and he said its a fibroid lumps.. and from a great relief its not cancerous. I think you're too young for ur lumps to be cancerous. Anways.. the doc said by age 21 it should go away and if not they will have to remove it.
      Its something normal for lumps in any young lady breast becuse its either your hermone level high or low. and after a couple years it must go away.
      Ladies who are approching or in menopause is at high risk for breast cancer.
      My adivse to u is over come ur fear and see a doc.. atleast u will be relief to hear for a doc mouth what is better for u. I didnt get any medications but the lumps just go away like that. so wish the same for u too.

  45. QUESTION:
    what causes fibroids to grow?

    • ANSWER:
      While there is much we don’t know about fibroids, we do know that each individual fibroid starts from a single cell growing abnormally (mutation). These cells overproduce large amounts of collagen and other proteins. Recently, other gene mutations have been discovered in fibroid cells that alter the cell’s growth. There may also be environmental causes, as yet undetermined, that stimulate fibroid growth. It is important to realize that there is no evidence that fibroids turn into cancer. Fibroids are benign from the beginning and remain benign.

      We do know that the female hormones estrogen and progesterone are necessary for fibroids to grow, but growth of a fibroid requires a complex interaction of estrogen, progesterone, and cell growth factors. Fibroids do not occur before puberty when estrogen and progesterone production begins, and fibroids shrink after menopause when hormone production drastically decreases. Studies are now under way to try to determine how fibroids start and what influences their growth.

      Fibroids usually do not develop until between ages twenty-five and thirty-five. You might expect that women with fibroids are making too much estrogen or progesterone, however the levels of these hormones in the blood are absolutely normal. But, fibroids have enzymes that convert androgens (male hormones made by the ovary and the adrenal gland) into estrogens within the fibroid cells, so the fibroid cells actually contain higher levels of estrogen than the the rest of the body. Fibroids are also very sensitive to progesterone and appear to thrive during the time of the menstrual cycle when progesterone levels are highest.

      Special proteins found in the bloodstream, called growth factors, are produced by cells in the body and stimulate fibroid growth. Some of the identified fibroid-related growth factors (which sound like a virtual alphabet soup) are transforming growth factor-B (TGF-B), basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), platelet derived growth factor (PDGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), insulin-like growth factor (IGF) and prolactin (PRL). Some of these growth factors encourage cell growth and others encourage blood vessel growth to feed the fibroids. Unfortunately, we still do not understand which of these proteins are important.

      Importantly, women with fibroids are not more prone to fibrocystic changes in the breast, a totally unrelated condition and they are not more prone to develop any other benign or cancerous conditions.

  46. QUESTION:
    concerned about breast cancer?
    i am 31 and have 4 children-the youngest is 19 months and i have never breastfed and i do not smoke anyway for a few months now my right breast is tender and feels heavier than the left breast,i also have some discomfort under my right arm which can be very tender at times and sometimes the nipple area is tender too.i can not feel any lump but i still saw my doctor and she did a full breast exam (with her hands not scans) and she said she can not feel any lumps and it all feels normal and said it could be blocked milk ducts but the tablets she prescribed have not done any good and i am really scared i have breast cancer,does anyone think this is what it could be? if not what else could it be? i am going back to see my doctor but while i wait i was hoping for a few ideas.
    breast cancer does not run in my family

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer in a 31 yr old is not too common. Yes, it can happen but anything can happen out of the norm. She should have ordered a scan just to make sure it was only blocked milk ducts. You don't need a family history for breast cancer but this sounds more like fibroid tumor They're not cancerous but painful. Normally, breast cancer does not manifest pain. (so they say) Don't be scared. Another thing, you don't need to breast feed to have blocked ducts because when you give birth, your body automatically produces breast il. I feel very strongly that you do not have breast cancer, just tender breast. It quite common after birth up until your baby is about 3, I had 4 children, breast fed until they got teeth. Breast cancer is so strong in my family. Our genetics tell a terrible tale. But I would bet that there is not cancer. Only fibroid. They do grow and crowed areas they don't belong. I hope I put your mind at ease. God bless you.

  47. QUESTION:
    HELP!! Im freaking out!!?
    Ok, Im 22 and my period has been crazy this last cycle. It usually lasts 5 days no matter what. This last cycle it only lasted about 3 days. I didnt get my usual menstural symptoms either. It ended on July 29. For the last 3 or so days Ive been having severe breast pain. Usualy in 1 or the other. Its a sharp pain that lasts about 15-20 mins and then it goes away usually. Ive been more moody than usual and Im really tired all the time. I dont know what it could be. My cycle has never been this off before and Im freaking out over all the stuff I read on the net about breast cancer and fibroids. I doubt its pregnancy, I never ovulated during my period before.
    ANY help would be appreciated. Thanks!
    I dotn think I did ovulate during my period, but I know it IS possible from what my dr told me before. VERY rare, but possible. And due to how heavy it was for the 2 days Im pretty sure it was, for sure, my period.
    What freaks me out is its never happened before. Ive asked around and everyone assumes its pregnancy. Im about 99.9% sure its not. I say this b/c weve been careful so that doesnt happen (not completely carful due to the fatct Im not on BC) and I have been sexually active, even during my period.
    My dr wasnt in today and Im still pretty freaked out.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, if you had an irregular cycle (and that happens) then the 3 days you were bleeding could have been just ovulating.

      Its possible that you just ovulated later than usual. I doubt that the symptoms you are having are of a pregnancy, though. It would be too soon to have pregnancy symptoms. Ovulation comes with its own symptoms, though, and the beast pain could be sore muscles, even, or a simple anxiety attack, which can cause pains in various parts of the body. You could also be having something called a "hysterical pregnancy" even though you say you dont think its pregnancy- I feel that this is a major concern of yours, so when I say a hysterical pregnancy I dont mean you are pregnant, I mean you are making up symptoms of a pregnancy, in your mind, because you are very stressed out over the possibility of pregnancy.

      I have seen a couple of breast specialists for a lump I found, and they said that a lump (if its cancerous) is generally NOT painful.

      I wouldnt rule out fibroids, though. Might do you good to go get checked out.

      Also, with irregular periods, and ovulation, since some women bleed while they ovulate (I ovulate for a few days directly before my period, and it seems like a period, but a little lighter) then it is possible that you did in fact just ovulate. You could also miss a period, if you are that stressed out about it- but that doesnt usually mean anything, either. I have missed about 3 periods in my life (Im 29), and it was just unexplainable. The Doctor said I was fine, each time.

      I would suggest going to the doctor, and just getting it checked out, just in case. If you were ovulating, and you had sexual intercourse, it is possible that you could be pregnant, although I would say those symptoms are either in your mind, or not related.

      Good Luck!

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/uterine_fibroids/article_em.htm

      http://www.womentowomen.com/breasthealth/breastpain.asp?id=2&campaignno=breastpain&keywords=breast+pain

  48. QUESTION:
    breast pain?
    I got a pain in one breast for about one month now.Is it cancerous?

    • ANSWER:
      The general rule is that if there is pain, it is not cancerous. However, you need to get it checked out to make sure. You may have a large cyst that needs to be removed. It could also be fibroids that occur naturally. Mine get painful for a couple of weeks around my period, but cutting down on caffeine has helped a lot - caffeine irritates them.

  49. QUESTION:
    should we take legal action against the surgeon?
    on wednesday my mum had a hysterectomy as she had fibroids in her womb. (for anyone who doesn't know fibroids are like benign tumours/muscle that grow in some women as a result of estrogen and they can exert pressure on the bladder when they grow to large sizes). for about 15 years my mum had fibroids, and she had been told recently that she must have a hysterectomy, as that's her only option.
    when she was about to have the operation on wednesday, she said to the surgeon, i beg you whatever you do, please do not remove my overies.
    he answered her i can't promise but i'll try my best.

    when she came out of the operation, the surgeon informed me and my dad that he had removed not only her uterus, but BOTH her overies. i was crying inside when my mum heard this as the look on her face was heartbreaking. she was so exhausted from the anaesthetic but she weakly cried out "oh nooo, i need my overies for estrogen". my mum is very self conscious and very feminine and it was bad enough for her to know that her womb was going to be removed.

    i have never seen my dad so angry and he kept asking the surgeon "why did you do that?" and "was that really necessary?" and the surgeon replied this : there was a fibroid growing on one of the overies - he had to remove that ovary because fibroids on top of an ovary can turn cancerous (later i found out that fibroids never turn cancerous). he said he could not remove it from the ovary alone.
    with regard to the other ovary, he said, he saw SPECS of growths on it. he said that he removed it because he didn't want to run the risk that it might turn out to be a cancerous growth, even though he admitted that the chance of this was extremely low!! (like 1- 2 percent). in fact, ovarian cancer is one of the rarest cancers and largely determined by genetics (my mum has thank G-d no history of it in our family). my dad also cleverly asked him, why didn't you do an mri?
    the surgeon gave an also i feel very immature and unprofessional reasoning, he said "look, i have my reputation on the line", meaning, if it did turn out to be malignant, which we will know in a week's time, and 99 percent it will be benign, he would have been thought to be responsible, as he did not spot the specs at the time of performing the hysterectomy.

    however,the fact remains that my mum explicitly said to him, that she did NOT want her overies removed. he went against her wishes, and effectively stole an organ from her body without her consent. in addition to this, we have found out how vital the overies are to a woman in terms of general health (prevent against osteoporosis, heart protection, in addition to providing estrogen ALL her life, they do not stop. the sad thing is, my mum's overies were in such good condtion, even though she is post menopausal, her gynecologist told her that she wouldn't even need hrt because she has so much natural estrogen still being produced. now, she will have to take estrogen therapy - just one more medication, when this operation was meant to get rid of one of her health problems, not add to them.

    my mum is also extremely sad and depressed at having had her overies removed against her will. she is depressed now, and she was before a happy and lively spirit.

    my mum's best friend (male), says this is all over the news that male gynacological surgeons are taking women's organs along with whatever else at their own autonomy even when it isn't essentially necessary. he says we must take legal action.

    i feel like this surgeon is unethical and a thief and i don't want him doing what he did to my mum to any other woman, to go against what a patient tells him she wants, as that cannot be right. if anything, he should have left in the overies simply because he did not have her consent to remove them. that surely is number one.

    now my mum has come away with not only her womb removed (when we we even this week found out that it's possible to have fibroids removed without the actual womb), but both her ovaries removed against her will.
    would you take legal action here?
    hrt can cause breast cancer and why did he not do an mri?

    • ANSWER:
      I have known in my long life many many woman who have had to have their ovaries removed at the same time. Everything this Surgeon has said is true. Growths can appear on the ovaries and I have known one lady aged 40 who died when they turned into cancer a few short years after she had her womb removed. your Mum would have signed a consent form to agree to this. You are woefully ignorant of the whole process. Fibroids can be so severe that to remove them without the womb can cause massive bleeding and Mum could have died on the table.
      As for her oestrogen, what's the problem, 3 of my friends who have both removed are on HRT, no problem. Sorry but you have gone way overboard here. As for suing in is not free in the UK and it would cost your family thousands of pounds to sue for negligence. Just be grateful she is making a good recovery.
      UK

      EDIT: HRT does NOT cause breast cancer. I have been on it for 10 years as have friends. MRI not neccessary for fibroids. Stop trying to find blame when there is none. They were not your ovaries and Mum like thousands of others will have to get on with it.

  50. QUESTION:
    Breast Lump/Surgery question? Help?
    I'm 19 but I have rather large breasts(roughly a C or a D) But my left is much much smaller and has a very large fibroid lump in it. I had it checked out awhile ago and was told it was beigne but could very well turn cancerous. I am scared and it just keeps growing. So I was thinking about getting it removed but then my breasts would be very uneven in size. My question is: would this be covered by my medical insurance along with having some tissue taken out of my right so they would be even. And how much would this be? It's not exactly plastic surgery just reconstructive correct? Sorry if it was too much detail and thanks for any help I might receive :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well i think there is nothing that can be done. It might be best to just have it removed so it doesn't turn cancerous. When you can afford it then you have it corrected.

can breast fibroids be cancerous

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