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How worried should I be now...posted earlier re changes in size and density...I know just found out my birad score is a 4!

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Donna, Birad scores go from 0 - 6. What I read is with a score of 4, you will need a biopsy. Even with that, THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER! Ba-zillions of women get this type of news from their mammogram's and ultrasounds. It just means they can't tell from just a look at the pictures. As we age, boobs change. Doctor's are really careful about not letting anything slip by. So many of my friends have received this type of notice, had to go through having a biopsy and the only one who ended up with breast cancer was ME. ( I have a lot of friends with boobs!) There are a lot more "false positives" in the world of breasts than a diagnosis of breast cancer. I would make an appointment for as soon as they can get you in. It usually takes a few days for the results .... yes, you will worry. Try to stay in the glass half full place. Lots more of these turn out to be nothing. Doctors just have to be very, very, careful. Hang in there Donna. Take care, Sharon
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    Donna, Having had a biopsy, the area of your breast in question is numbed with the same stuff they use at a dental office for your teeth. I can best describe is as a "pinch". It gets numb very quickly. When they do the actual biopsy, you do not feel pain, you feel pressure. The biopsy itself is very quick. The waiting for the doctor to come in and the numbing agent to take effect is what takes the longest. I would not be concerned about any discomfort happening after the area is numbed. After the biopsy is done, they put a bandaid on it. Your post-op instructions will be to put a cold pack on the area. They may say to take Tylenol for any discomfort but it is very minor if any. Everybody has a different pain threshholds but that is how mine went. Your breast might be sore for a couple of days but IT IS SORE...l. not throbbing pain. Just march in that office like you own the place. This is nothing near to what you are imagining. You WILL be ok. If you feel pain, you just let them know and they will put more anesthetic in. Again.... you will be ok, this is a very very, minor procedure they do a thousand times. Hang in there, and take care Sharon
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Biopsy was not so bad.
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    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    Hate to say my core biopsy was very painful. The surgeon numbed the breast-almost didn't feel the tiny needle. I didn't feel the incision for the larger needle, felt pressure and pulling. The first core wasn't painful but tugged , the second twinged and shocked me, the third was excurciating-The doctor cringed, said the tumor couldn't be numbed, it was so hard he wasn't sure he could get a tissue sample- the fourth was painful but not like the third. I tell you this not to scare you. I would do it again if I new I had the same kind of cancer but the doctor and nurse were shocked and so apologetic at the difficulty with my solid tumor. It was that experience that sadly told me he was almost 99% sure I had cancer simply based on the texture of the tumor. I have heard, but have no experience, that a fine needle may be much less uncomfortable. Don't let my experience discourage you from having a core biopsy. It saved my life. Jo:-D
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  • Donna Arcangeli Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Sharon how bad is the biopsy??? I've seen it done looks bad enough but scared to death it's gonna hurt like the dickens!!!
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    • nicola thomas Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Hi

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    • nicola thomas Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Hi I had 2 biisp

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      Stage 2A Patient

      Having a slight problem with this I had 2 separates, one local which u can not feel at all and one with out that was slightly painful , but he took me by surprise. It was over very soon . I found it worse thinking bout it all that the actually...

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      Having a slight problem with this I had 2 separates, one local which u can not feel at all and one with out that was slightly painful , but he took me by surprise. It was over very soon . I found it worse thinking bout it all that the actually biopsy

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