I Have A Long Indentation In My Breast, And I'm Being Sent For An Ultrasound. Should I Worry?

Question

Asked by murphy1984

I Have A Long Indentation In My Breast, And I'm Being Sent For An Ultrasound. Should I Worry?

I can't feel any lumps, and there's no pain or discharge. I'm 26 and relatively healthy, but still very worried about this.

Answer

Women your age are very prone to fibrocystic change, characterized by cysts and fibroadenomas - a harmless overgrowth of breast tissue. And this could be what's causing this indentation. It appears that something has started pulling on the tissue inside your breast, and the doctor wants to find out what it is. An ultrasound will identify any cysts, and is a common first step when women your age report breast issues. If the ultrasound is inconclusive, you may be sent for a mammogram, which could show other types of conditions - such as a fibroadenoma, or perhaps scar tissue.

Thankfully, at your age breast cancer is only a remote possibility. Our post on breast cancer and women under 40 goes over just what your risk as a 20-something is, and how to reduce it via lifestyle changes.

Health issues are always stressful, aren't they? Please read our post on fear of breast cancer; it may help you get through this waiting process.

Answered by PJ Hamel