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Beginning in 2000, I had a mammogram and a follow-up ultra-sound. I was told I had fibrocystic breast disease. I continued having yearly mammograms and follow-up ultra-sounds for the next 6 years at 3 different radiology labs always with the same diagnosis. The lump grew larger each year and I was assured it was nothing to worry about. But I did worry. After I moved from CA to MS in 2007, my new doctor decided to do a biopsy on my first visit to her office and found stage III e-positive cancer. She saved my life by ordering that test. I had a modified radical mastectomy on September 13, 2007, my lucky day! The lab work on the breast tissue showed no cancer cells in the lymph nodes and a very small chance of recurrence so I had no chemo or radiation. I am in my 5th year of taking a daily aromatase inhibitor. My oncologist appointments have been reduced from 4 times a year to twice a year. I never miss an appointment or my medication. Use your survival instincts and don't be shy about asking for a biopsy if you have questionable mammograms. Be pro-active and be safe.
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