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|9/28/2010||Hello Lillie, further to a previous posting, I had an MRI in late August which indicated a small nodule(2.5mm) at the 12 to 1 o'clock position of the right breast. Benign enhancement noted. There were comments about benign lumps in both breasts but nothing specific about a lump in the left breast which has been growing. I'm returning for follow-up with the Breast Specialist in 3 months. There was a recommendation for me to repeat the MRI in a year. Is this common practice? Also, the lump in my left breast which continues to get a little bit bigger each month is between 1.5 to 2cm. I'm thinking that it might be a fibroadenoma. Is it necessary to have this biopsied? I'm 47.5 years, small breasted with very dense breast tissue (extremely dense by mammagraphy measures), and had a biopsy in 2007 (proliferative disease). Should I request removal of this lump, if it's a fibroadenoma. Thank-You for your feedback. Best regards.|
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|9/28/2010||unfortunately it is not possible for me to connect one question with a previously posted one. that said, without the ability to look at imaging studies there isn't a good way to know if any of this is worrisome or not. the key is to ensure that a breast imaging radiologist is reading these images. fibroadenomas can grow slowly over time but is more common for women in their 20s and early 30s for growth. unusual for a recommendation to be for an annual mri, but if the radiologist feels thats the best way to compare findings then it makes a bit more sense. hope that helps.|
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