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Re: Breast cancer worries

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No Rachel, don't worry about that, it's just standard as any unexplained breast change is referred under the 2 week rule for 'suspected...' It's to do with improving early detection, IF there is a problem.

The terminology is a bit scary though when it's seen written like that!

Hopefully all will be well, it usually is & let us know how you get on.

ann x

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Re: Breast cancer worries

I got my letter of appointment today and am now back in a state of panic having been able to relax somewhat this weekend following the doctor's appointment last Friday. Mainly because the letter states '2WW Suspected breast cancer'. Does this mean the doctor wasn't completely honest with me? Worrying so much again now....

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Hi Rachel
Try not to overthink it all. It’s good about what your Dr said & you have been referred to have it properly checked out.
There’s nothing more you can do now, it’s all in hand & letting the mind go into overdrive will not change anything.
If you have been, it really does help to stay off google as any breast symptom will only lead to bc, when it’s usually not, there is no reassurance there.
Do take care
ann x

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Re: Breast cancer worries

Chest wall I meant. Now I'm back to worrying - I don't think anything do to with your chest wall can make you underarm feel swollen or discomfort near a nipple?

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Well, I saw the doctor and she said that she couldn't feel anything (which was sort of reassuring) but she has referred me to the clinic because the discomfort has been going for so long. She seemed to think that it could be something to do with my chest cavity rather than breast tissue but I don't think that explains the pain in my breast and underarm.

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Re: Breast cancer worries

Hiyer Rachel,

 

I do feel for you, I know how it is to be so scared of tests so that you almost want to run away from them, as the thought of something being found almost feels worse. You find yourself in a mental spiral of fear thinking it is something and not wanting to accept it, ignorning it but still focussing on thinking something is there. I think, under the circumstances that you have those massive fears, you are being very brave in going tomorrow. I think at some point all of us need to accept that in our lives there may be and probably will be things that need treatment, I'm not saying that you DO have an issue that needs treating as I have no way of knowing that, but in taking the step to get checked you are taking a proactive approach which can only help. Wishing you all the best for tomorrow, will look out for your follow-up tomorrow. x

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Thank you for your response. I find it really hard to get medical things investigated because in the past it has always lead to worry and them finding something wrong. I can confess to being a Googler with medical symptoms. Even more since my last 'medical emergency' when I thought I was just tired but turned out to have a Ferritin level of only 8 - although I'd had numerous blood tests each year so I don't get how it was missed until it was late in onset of issues.

 

I very much hope to post news tomorrow of how I get on with the GP. 

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Hi Rachel,
Sorry to hear you have this anxiety & obviously, your previous experience has not helped.
The important thing is, you’ve acted on it & have a GP appointment. The sort of symptoms you describe are not uncommon & usually there is a staightforward reason for it. BC would be the Least likely reason.
Of course, any breast change must be properly checked out, so your GP may refer you to the breast clinic, which is normal procedure, so try not to read anything into it. For the vast majority of women referred to the clinic, it turns out Not to be bc related, whatever the symptoms are.
If you need to talk it through, then do ring the bcc helpline here.
Easier said than done, but try not to let your anxiety run away with you & google is really best avoided as it only fuels anxiety for no good reason.
If you want to, let is know how you get on.
ann x
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Breast cancer worries

Hi everyone. I'm new here but have been experiencing symptoms that have been worrying me now for some time and I just don't feel able to talk to anyone about it (I usually just end up crying with worry and then nobody gets anything out of the conversation).

 

Back in October I started to experience discomfort in my right breast (I don't call it pain as it is more of an ache) that started suddenly one day and that would come intermittently during each day. I have in the past on a couple of occasions experienced painful breasts around the time of my period but this is defintely not the same. I wondered, because of my age (41), whether it was just a change in hormones or muscle damage so left it to see if it settled down. I couldn't feel any lumps on self examination.

 

Since the start of December I have started to have the sensation at times that my right underarm is swollen, again intermittently but have also had discomfort on my right hand side. I stopped using deodorant (I had recently tried a new type so wanted to rule out any disagreement with that). I have managed to convince myself also that my right nipple has changed and developed a slit like appearance. I am so panicked as I cannot think clearly as to whether it was like that before. It definitely seems to look different to the left nipple though. So I have been scared to do any further exams as I'm worried about what I might find and as I haven't been able to pre-book an appointment with my GP until this Friday (I phoned the first week of December!) have been fretting for the past four weeks and spending a lot of time crying.

 

I learned a year ago that I am a very big wuss when it comes to my health and medicine as I was seriously iron deficient and had to undergo various procedures in hospital, the experience of which effected me mentally especially as quite early on the GP told me that it was possible I had a cancer - and the only test they had done at that point was a blood test! For a while every pain I had I thought I was dying and I have serious issues with the thought of dying.

 

I am worried to the max and cannot think about anything else, it's on my mind from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.

 

Apologies for the long explanation Smiley Sad