A Lump Appeared In My Breast After An Auto Accident. Do I Need To Worry About Breast Cancer?

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Asked by SHIRLEY E

A Lump Appeared In My Breast After An Auto Accident. Do I Need To Worry About Breast Cancer?

After 2008 auto accident, a lump appeared in the left breast 6 o'clock. Injury from seat belt and air bags caused

As the result of an auto accident that involved internal breast damage due to both the seatbelt and airbag, a lump appeared in the left breast. A subsequent mammogram and ultrasound showed NO changes from my mammogram from 3 years earlier. Would tissue changes show on these tests? Can this accident raise my risk of breast cancer later on?

Answer

Physical damage to your breast from trauma - an accident, sports injury, or physical violence - doesn't raise your risk of breast cancer. What it potentially does, however, is make it difficult for a mammogram to pick up any breast cancer that might develop - since scar tissue can sometimes hide the presence of a cancerous tumor. Luckily, this doesn't seem to be the case for you, since the radiologist reading your mammograms is apparently able to get a good enough view of everything, despite the scar tissue.

Going forward, however, it would be good to let your doctor know that you've had some significant internal scarring in your breast. That way, the radiologist reading your mammogram (or any potential ultrasound, for that matter) will be aware of this scarring, and take it into account.

As for the breast lump -  it's most probably the scar tissue you're feeling. This can evolve over time, and you may find that gradually the lump becomes smaller. Still, it's always good to report any changes in the lump - either size, or shape - to your doctor.

Answered by PJ Hamel