So I Found A Lump – What To Expect From A Breast Screening

So I Found A Lump – What To Expect From A Breast Screening

Cancer has reared its ugly head far too many times in our family. We lost my father in law to oesophagal cancer when he was 62, my grandparents, aunties and my mum have all had this vile disease affect them. A big worry for me is that breast cancer is running through the generations of our family and it’s always in the back of mind – what if I’m next?  and will my breast screening confirm the inevitable?

My nan lost her battle to breast cancer so when my mom discovered she had it after a mammogram revealed a lump, she was terrified to say the least. But with amazing support and great aftercare, she won her battle! She came to stay with us after her surgery and whilst she had her treatment afterwards. She then went on to have a single mastectomy which she coped with tremendously.
 

Breast Self-Examination

Now I am what you would call a more fuller breasted woman! I have big boobs. Because I am constantly aware of the chances that I could contract this too, I check my boobs as much as I can, including armpits and up to my collarbone.
A few weeks back now I was doing my check up after my shower when I felt a lump. It is was really quite sore to touch so it really caught my attention. My heart started to thump, you know what it’s like, I always presume the worst and get all worked up. I’m also a bugger for googling my symptoms and we all know that ends up with you thinking that you have several life-threatening illnesses!

 A lady self checking her breasts for lumps

Having An Ultrasound

Not chancing anything, I booked myself an appointment with the GP (when I could actually get an appointment) and my hospital appointment was literally 1 week after. The staff at the breast clinic were so lovely. They know you are going to be filled with fear, it’s only natural! And they are so reassuring and supportive.

My appointment started off with an examination from my consultant. He marked a couple of areas on my boob where he wanted the tests to be taken out. As I am under 40 (only just mind) I was put forward for an ultrasound. I was asked to wait back in the waiting room where I would be called for the scan.

There were several others waiting in the room and we all chatted and supported one another. After all, we were all in the same boat and sh!@ting ourselves of what might be. I even came away with a telephone number of one of the other ladies so we will be keeping in touch. There was also a young lad waiting to be seen, as men can also get breast cancer.

Breast screening - A lady performing an ultrasound on a lady's breast
I was called into the ultrasound room in no time. The breast care nurses who worked on that section were so lovely and really made me feel at ease. I was asked to strip off from the waist up and lie down on the bed. The nurse then got me into position comfortably by propping a support cushion just behind my right side. They apply gel to the area, just as they would when you have a baby scan and the lights are then dimmed. In my case, there was a pretty forest projection on the ceiling to focus on whilst they did what they needed to do. It took all about 15 minutes and my scan was done.

I got dressed and was sent back to the waiting room and sat there until the consultant called me back in to discuss my results. I was so relieved to learn that the lump wasn’t showing any cause for concern. It turned out to be a mild infection. I honestly could have cried, I was so happy.

Sadly I know that this is not the case for everyone, just as it wasn’t for my mum when she had her results. So please do check your boobs ladies and if you have a history of breast cancer in your family, get booked into your GP and ask to be referred to your local breast clinic for a checkup. I didn’t have a mammogram but my mum did and she said that although this can feel a little uncomfortable, it is over in a matter of minutes.

If in doubt, get it checked out!

Here are some links that you may find useful – How to check your breasts for lumps or changes & Signs and symptoms.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Lisa | Handmade in Israel February 25, 2019 / 8:19 am

    Well done you for acting quickly! i am relieved for you that all is well, but thanks for writing this post and sharing with everyone.

  2. Raisie Bay (@RaisieBay) February 25, 2019 / 10:25 am

    Phew, thank goodness it was nothing serious. It’s wonderful that you are sharing your story, it makes me sad to think that some women don’t check, or are too afraid to seek help.

  3. Angela Webster February 25, 2019 / 10:38 am

    What a relief that must have been, so many people ignore lumps so I hope your post can take away some of the fear for other people. I think it’s often the fear of not knowing what to expect at an appointment that stops people going too. I went to the GP’s in January after some lumps appeared, thankfully they are just fatty tissue but I’m so glad I went to check.

  4. Ali Duke February 25, 2019 / 3:05 pm

    This must have been a very stressful time for you. Hopefully this post will encourage more women to chech their breasts.
    #MMBC

  5. Margaret Gallagher February 25, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    Checking boobs is essential for women ( or men ) of any age – early treatment has saved so many – if in doubt just go see doc or a well women clinic
    So glad you were okay

  6. Rosie Doal February 26, 2019 / 10:48 am

    I’m so glad you’re OK, especially after the history with your nan and mum. We can’t waste any time and if we notice something, just like you did, it’s important to get it checked out asap. Thanks for the reminder x #MMBH

  7. Kate February 27, 2019 / 11:45 am

    Such an important post with the potential to save lives. I am adopted or I think I would live with a huge fear of cancer as it has just about wiped my mum’s family out – her mum, her and all but one of her siblings. My brother died around 18 months ago of cancer too. And yes I know what I am saying is dopey as one of the bad bits about adoption is that the medical history of the family was not shared with the adoptive family back when I was adopted. I had a lump a few years ago and had so much support from women online and it turned out to be nothing to worry about thank goodness. I remember thinking that all I really wanted was to live long enough for the children to be grown-up and settled. Anyway, I will stop babbling and just salute you for writing this post #MMBC

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