Patients Breast cancer
What was your age and what initial symptoms did you experience at onset?
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One of the main concerns associated medical illnesses / conditions, is understanding and acknowledging the warning signs / early symptoms that should cause one to seek medical advice - the earlier the better.
With breast cancer, a common warning sign is sharp pain or a lump with tenderness in the breast. However, each person may have varying warning signs / symptoms that induce them to see a doctor.
We would love to hear from our members related to this experience:
What was your age when you first experienced warning signs / onset?
What were the initial warning signs / symptoms at onset that made you seek medical advice?
Is there anything you would recommend to others?
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Two years ago, my right nipple started bleeding. I am a very active person with an active job so I thought I had irritated it. I put a bandaid on it and just kept on moving. In retrospect, I realize I knew something was wrong but didn’t want to admit it. I just kept changing the bandaid. Even when it started itching, I kept denying that anything serious was going on. I was changing the bandage every day by now. Finally, on a visit to my dr on another matter, I casually mentioned my breast was itchy and bleeding. She looked at it and sent me for a mammogram. I was very fortunate because the mammography technician realized I needed a 3D and not a regular one. Then the dr on duty at the imaging center had me get an ultrasound. Turns out that there were other things going on in that breast. I had two biopsies, one on the nipple and one in the breast. It was Paget’s disease of the breast. I had a bilateral mastectomy two months later. I was 60 years old at the time. My advice is to always listen to your inner voice. You know your body best and denying and hoping something is wrong will not make it go away.
I found a lump in my left breast a week after a mammogram. . I had cysts almost every time I had a mammogram but I never could feel them even after I knew where they were. I always had to have another test and they were never anything and just cost more to have a test I didn't need. I talked to my Dr. and told him about the lump and he pretty much said it was probably just a cyst. A year later the lump made me feel it was cancer and I went in and they asked if a had any concerns and I told them about the lump I had for a year & my Drs. reaction. They sent me on to a bigger hospital and I had a 3D mammogram and a ultrasound and then a biopsy. I had invasive ductal and invasive lobular carcinoma in my left breast. I was 60. I already knew I wasn't going to have chemo or radiation and planned to go natural to try and beat it and no oncologists want anything to do with me. 3 of them saw me once and after telling me if I chose not to do their recommendation I would die. I told them we are all going to and if it's my time I would but I wasn't going to allow them to put an expiation date on me. They suggested I see a psychologist because I must be suicidal. I had known for years I wasn't going to do chemo or radiation if I ever got cancer, and I was no stranger to cancer. I lost my 39 yr old sister to ovarian cancer and spent every hospital stay with her. On my moms side their were 8 in her family and every family member had someone or more with different types of cancer, die. they ranged in age from 29-80. Ovarian, liver, lymphoma, throat, brain, breast, stomach, melanoma(not fatal), and lung. I don't know all the medical names for them. I don't regret my choice. I feel good, and if it's my time, I will be alright with that too.
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Before bc, I was in China with my 2 sister in laws, we were having a massage. The masseuse asked if we wanted our breasts massage. I was horrified, but then thought I would never get a chance to try that. She told me I needed to see a doctor cause she felt something. Came home, took 6 months to get a mamogram. Turned out it was lobular. We dont need mamograms just well trained chinese masseuses. And I should have been more agressive in insisting on a mamogram or went to an outside hmo provider. American cancer society says stage 1 has an almost 100% of being cured. I have to stop reading these blogs cause it is giving me more stress than I need. I think I am addicted to it. I am giving myself a gift for Christmas. Dont resd this stuff and donate the bresst cancer books to the support group. Anyone else agree? Happy Christmas, hanukkah, kwanzaa and holidays. God Bless us all. Amen
What are your biggest concerns now? Do you have a Dr. you feel comfortable? Are you seeing an oncologist? There are a lot of good articles out there but a lot of bad too. This is a site you can trust. I have invasive lobular and invasive ductal is yours in suit or invasive? It sounds like yours was caught early, so that's good. I'm sorry you had to wait so long for the mammogram, but now it's time to move on to the net steps. It sounds like you have gained info so what do you plan to do net? Have you got a second opinion, do you want one? Have you had surgery? I chose to not do chemo or radiation, and went more natural, also didn't do surgery, but no Dr. will agree with my choice or even see me as long as I don't agree to do the traditional treatments. I am not worried though because I believe I was given cancer for a reason and if I'm suppose to live, I will and if not I won't and who am I to question either of my Higher Power's choices. Everything will be alright either way. Just stop obsessing and stressing and make you choices. I believe you had that breast massage for a reason, you were suppose to find the lump. So have faith and get better. God bless, you are not alone and he doesn't make mistakes.
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My warning sign was nipple pain. I thought it was due to my menstrual cycle. imI recommend going to the doctor. Also, suddenly i had a lump out of nowhere. I was 44 yrs old
I have had mammographs every year since I can remember. I am now 82 and just had one. Cancer stage 1 estrogen produced. . Lymph nodes nothing. Nothing else bad. They wanted me to have radiation and medicine. I have a blind husband that I care for and at my age, I've decided to do nothing after my Lumpectomy. I have another mammograph this month 11/2022 and then we will see.
I had no indications that I had cancer …
I can tell u one important thing …Not to do
Do not let a doctor give u hormone shots !!!
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@TeresaRogge Hello Teresa - My doctor is suggesting hormone therapy - I thought it was by a daily pill - did you have that option? If they do suggest a shot - what was the results? Breast cancer is my 2nd cancer. My first was fallopian tube. I was diagnosed the first time June 2021 and September 2022 for the second cancer. I has been a challenge - I just want to look in the mirror and see me again.
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I am 70. I noticed my right breast had suddenly gotten larger. Reported this to my gp. Was told let's do a wait and see. My last mammogram previous Oct. Came back ok. Size went down in a short time. Then in JulyI found blood on my left nipple. I couldn't get a mammogram until Sept. When I saw the scans I knew I was in trouble. Had an ultrasound also. Calcifications in entire left breast. Suspicious areas in right.
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What were the first signs of your breast cancer? How was it detected? Can you share your story?
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Somya from the Carenity team
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