Fibroid in Breast

concernedgirl Community Member March 18, 2010
  • Hello there

     

    I have a fibroid in my breast for about a year now.  I am concerned if it could develop cancerous cells within it.  I am concerned as I have been exposed to a lot of Estrogen since I have been doing quite a lot of IVF Fertility treatment.  Infact I found this lump straight afer a Frozen IVF Cycle where I used HRT. 

     

    I ahve been thinking about getting it removed - eg whats the point of keeping it there etc.

     

    But wondering - do you know of a breast fibroid that has turned cancerous?

     

    Thanks in advance for your opinions xxx

7 Comments
  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    Mar. 18, 2010

    Hi - Fibroids increase your risk of breast cancer very, very slightly. It's not the fibroid itself that "grows" cancer; just that women with fibroids seem to have a slightly elevated risk of getting breast cancer. Since your risk is already low to begin with, it's not something to worry about. However, if it's uncomfortable; or you feel emotionally...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi - Fibroids increase your risk of breast cancer very, very slightly. It's not the fibroid itself that "grows" cancer; just that women with fibroids seem to have a slightly elevated risk of getting breast cancer. Since your risk is already low to begin with, it's not something to worry about. However, if it's uncomfortable; or you feel emotionally stressed about it, by all means ask about having it removed. There's no guarantee it won't grow back; but it's certainly worth discussing this surgical option. Good luck - PJH

    • concernedgal
      Mar. 22, 2010

      Hi there PH Hamel Kiss

       

      Thanks so much for your reply.  I did go and see a surgeon.  He said that the fibroid had grown from 11mm to 14.5mm in 6 months.  He said that based on the fact that I will be doing more fertility treatment, that he would remove the fibroid, as fertility treatment could make it grow eg - the estrogen etc.

       

      I must...

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      Hi there PH Hamel Kiss

       

      Thanks so much for your reply.  I did go and see a surgeon.  He said that the fibroid had grown from 11mm to 14.5mm in 6 months.  He said that based on the fact that I will be doing more fertility treatment, that he would remove the fibroid, as fertility treatment could make it grow eg - the estrogen etc.

       

      I must say I have been worried about it and it does bother me.  However I am in two minds about whether I should have it removed.  I really am not sure as what to do.  Then  again if I leave it, it may grow and then I will have a bigger scar left as a result.  The plus side of having it removed is that it will no longer be there.

       

      I am swaying towards having it removed... at least that way they can analyse it properly.

       

      Thanks again... I will try and come back to update you on the outcome.  I am looking to have it removed in the next 3 weeks.

       

      Love

       

      me :)

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 22, 2010

      Sounds like you've made a decision that feels right to you, and that's what counts. Hope it all goes well - write back and let us know when you're past it, OK? Good luck - PJH

  • Deadgirlwalking
    Apr. 22, 2010

    Hi

     

    I am in my thirties and live in the uK. I had two breast lumps checked out at different times by doctors and at my local breast clinicabout 3 or 4 years ago. Was told it was nothing to worry about - they were fibroadenomas. In 2009 i went to see a surgeon about getting them removed as they had grown much larger  and were distorting the breast....

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    Hi

     

    I am in my thirties and live in the uK. I had two breast lumps checked out at different times by doctors and at my local breast clinicabout 3 or 4 years ago. Was told it was nothing to worry about - they were fibroadenomas. In 2009 i went to see a surgeon about getting them removed as they had grown much larger  and were distorting the breast. I wasn't worried about them but cosmetically they looked bad. He referred me to the local breast clinic again for tests as was obviously concerned. I don;t know whether i was misdiagnosed originally or the lumps had changed but i was subsequently told i had breast cancer.  Athough it was a low grade cancer in both lumps by that time it was at the worst possible stage - lymph nodes affected and it was attached to the skin.  Shortly afterwards i found out that the cancer had already spread to the bone. It is no longer curable. Although i felt perfectly fine i had essentially been given a death sentence (hence the user name!). I am trying to stay very positive and enjoy whatvere time i have but my life expectancy is now measured now in years rather than decades. so please please please get any lumps checked out and get them rechecked at regular intervals. Get all the tests you can done and just because you're told something is fine at one stage keep pushing if you are even remotely concerned about it. If i can prevent this happening to even one other person then all the crap that has happened to me won't have been in vain!

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Apr. 22, 2010

      Tough situation - I'm so sorry you're having to face this. It's difficult to figure out when breast lumps are "just" breast lumps, and when they're something more. I guess as you say the safest thing is to get them checked, and checked again, and if you feel something's wrong despite what everyone says, get a third opinion. And a fourth. Wishing you the best...

      RHMLucky777

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      Tough situation - I'm so sorry you're having to face this. It's difficult to figure out when breast lumps are "just" breast lumps, and when they're something more. I guess as you say the safest thing is to get them checked, and checked again, and if you feel something's wrong despite what everyone says, get a third opinion. And a fourth. Wishing you the best outcome possible - PJH

    • Anonymous
      Ashi
      Mar. 12, 2014

      Hi,

       

      I have fibroids in both the breasts. 2 on one side and 3 on the other from past 13 years. I get worried sometimes when it pains. I tried all possible medication i could. Doctors said its not a cancer still sometimes it scares me. I tried medication in aayurveda,homepathy, Alopathy and planned for a surgery too but surgeons said that there is no guarantee...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi,

       

      I have fibroids in both the breasts. 2 on one side and 3 on the other from past 13 years. I get worried sometimes when it pains. I tried all possible medication i could. Doctors said its not a cancer still sometimes it scares me. I tried medication in aayurveda,homepathy, Alopathy and planned for a surgery too but surgeons said that there is no guarantee that the fibroids wont grow back. So I am still hoping they would desolve themselves. 

       

      Hope someday a proper solution will come up !!

      Stay Healthy Ladies !

    • PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      Mar. 12, 2014

      Ashi, the good news is, fibroids tend to shrink and disappear as you get older. The doctors are right - while surgery is a possibility, there's no guarantee they won't simply grow back. Have you tried cutting back on caffeine? This has helped shrink firboids in some women... Has there been any discussion about possible medications? Sometimes, when fibroaids...

      RHMLucky777

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      Ashi, the good news is, fibroids tend to shrink and disappear as you get older. The doctors are right - while surgery is a possibility, there's no guarantee they won't simply grow back. Have you tried cutting back on caffeine? This has helped shrink firboids in some women... Has there been any discussion about possible medications? Sometimes, when fibroaids are caused by hormonal fluctuations, drugs can help. I hope you get some relief soon - PJH