Angela’s Corner: Boobs, Boobs, And More BoobsAngela Banker
Most breast cancer screening guidelines start at the age of 40. I was 29 at my first mammogram â€” starting early due to family history. Iâ€™ve learned a few things over the years regarding my breasts. The following list is what I know!
- Mammograms can squish the heck out of your boobs, but they always go back to their original shape.
- The closer you are to your menstrual cycle, the more painful the mammogram will be.
- Young breasts (as Iâ€™ve been told most women younger than 40 have) tend to be dense. With dense breasts, mammography machines have a harder time pushing through all the tissue. This makes finding abnormalities more difficult.
- Cysts are often common and can often change. Young breast tissue will continue to develop, making the cysts come and go. Between my two ultrasounds, I had a few cysts grow larger, others smaller, and even some that disappeared!
- Needle biopsies are difficult. My initial biopsy was a stereotactic biopsy using overlapping images to determine the location and depth of the calcifications. Unfortunately, once the images overlapped, my calcifications disappeared. Iâ€™m glad to say the doctor decided not to go fishing and signed me up for a surgical biopsy.
- Lobular breast cancer tends to mimic breast tissue. This explains why neither my sister’s nor my tumors were detected on imaging.
- Breasts serve three purposes: breastfeeding your infant (which I gladly did for over a year), looking good in clothing, and what could be called â€śfun bagsâ€ť by your significant other.
- Breast cancer does not discriminate in size, shape, age, or gender.
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