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Saturday, May 04, 2013 durunsgirl77, Community Member, asks

Q: my last biopsy

 Ive had fibro cysts in both breasts since I was 17. Ive had several lumpectomy's  and biopsys and now im up to a mamogram every 6 months plus an ultrasound. Ive also had alot of greenish/black discharge from my nipples. The last procedure really worried me because the biopsy came back unknown. I have a history of breast cancer in my family.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/ 4/13 6:35am

It is worrisome to have regular check-ups to make sure the lumps you are feeling are indeed cysts or benign tumors instead of cancer.  Your doctors are probably being especially cautious because of your family history.  Discharge from both breasts is probably related to hormones, not cancer.  It sounds like the big issue for you right now is the implication of the latest inconclusive pathology report.  Only your doctor and/or the pathologist who wrote that report can explain what they saw and what it might mean.  I would suggest calling the doctor's office to schedule a time to go over the report line by line for explanations that make sense to you.  Since that has been an on-going issue for years, you might also want to make an appointment with a breast specialist if you are not already seeing one.  A second opinion about your situation might set your mind at ease or might come up with a strategy for reducing your overall breast cancer risk.

PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/ 4/13 7:14am

Hi - It may sound drastic (and it is), but some women with fibrocystic breasts, after enduring years of biopsies and lumpectomies, opt for a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. Not only does it put an end to the regular surgeries, it reduces the risk of breast cancer by 90% – which, given your family history, is certainly a consideration. As Phyllis says, a discussion with a breast specialist might help you clarify your situation, and develop a good plan to deal with it. Take care - PJH

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By durunsgirl77, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/04/13, First Published: 05/04/13