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I have been treated for stage one breast cancer, finished treatment 4 months ago (radiation,now tamoxifen) my cancer was found while getting a ultrasound for a suspected bite that looked infected on breast,so found by accident. Had clear sentinel node, have asked doctors about getting tests like should I get uterus checked ultrasound,colonoscopy, and other tests,they say not unless symptoms arise. I worry as my cancer was found by chance,I realise it wasn't in nodes but does having cancer in one spot make you more prone to get say bowel cancer or other cancer,I wonder because my body produces cancer cells who knows where else it could pop up or is. Shouldn't I get some tests ? Should you be getting uterus scans if taking tamoxifen? I'm 41 years old. Thankful for all you do,
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7/22/2017Be sure to be getting mammograms now annually. if you have irregular vaginal bleeding then that is reason for getting a transvginal ultrasound. colonoscopy will start at age 50 and done every 10 years unless you have had a first degree relative who has already had colorectal cancer. no other tests or scans needed. the breast imaging radiologist will determine what the density is of your breast tissue to determine if MRI is ever needed or not.

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