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Questions on genetics, family history & breast cancer.
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|12/17/2010||My mother was dianosed with invasive lobular cancer 4 years ago and recently died. I am 42 and started mamograms 3 years ago. I have been diagnosed with fibrocystic breasts and have 2 small cysts. I have read that lobular breast cancer doesn't usually produce a lump and is hard to diagnose. I am worred that these 2 small cysts are the beginning of lobular breast cancer. How can I be sure? Does lobular breast cancer show up on an ultrasound? I have an ultrasound every year and they say everything looks fine. I'm still worried. Are there any tests I can do for lobular breast cancer? Thank you.|
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|12/17/2010||only 15% of women diagnosed with breast cancer will have invasive lobular carcinoma. it is one that can be a bi sneaky on mammograms in some cases. What is important for you though is that the type of breast cancer a previous family member has is not genetically passed onto the next family member, you. if you were to develop breast cancer, the odds are that it would be invasive ductal or noninvasive ductal (DCIS). cysts are common and cannot turn into cancer. By having a clinical breast exam annually, mammography annually, staying clear of HRT, doing breast self exams monthly, keeping weight in control, exercising regularly, you are being proactive against this disease.|
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