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Old 09-14-2010, 03:52 PM
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A few years ago, after a routine mammogram, my doctor referred me to a breast care center because a needle biopsy showed atypical cells. I have since had three more needle biopsies, and two incised biopsies, but no cancer diagnosis. All I have are two pretty large scars and 4 internal markers.

It is very difficult to get an appointment at the center I currently use. You must call 8 months in advance for routine appointments, and be prepared to spend at least 5 hours there. I get a mammogram, followed by an ultrasound, but mostly spend hours in the waiting room. I have previously had MRIs also, but not in the past 18 months, because they weren't warranted.

I would like to return to my local woman's center. I think (but am willing to listen if I'm wrong), that by going to the breast care center I am more likely to have invasive action taken rather than wait six months and see if there has been a change.

I have been labeled high risk for about 5 years, but, again, no cancer. Do you think I can relax yet?
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:29 AM
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I'd start by finding out why you have been labeled high risk?

Based on pathology reports from needle biopsies?
Suspicious mammograms?
Family history?

Get copies of all your reports too. Go from there. Do research. Talk to your doctor. It would seem as though there is a good reason for your monitoring.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:20 PM
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Yeah I'm wondering who labelled you "high risk" and why given no evidence of cancer. ?
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:56 PM
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There are certain kinds of growths that are high risk once detected. Its like polops i the colon. They are condiered precancerous and places a person at higer risk and requires more checks. The think is that if caught early enouhgthe success rate of cure is high just as is breast cancer.
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