Posted by: Lee | 2008/09/18

Increased density on the left breast

I have had an ' ache'  in my left breast for the last 5 months, for about 5 days in each month. The only way I can alleviate the ' ache'  is by applying pressure to the breast. I went to my gynaecologist and he recommended that I go for a mammogram, which I have done. They also peformed an ultrasound on my left breast. The results / comment from the radiologist were as follows:
" There is slight asymmetrical increased density of the preast parenchymal on the left in the retroareolar region. No discrete focal lesion identified. On ultrasound I could not identitfy any obvious abnormality in this region. I don' t suspect anything sinister, but a follow up mammogram in six months time would be advised" 
Other than the above comments I had no explanation of what ' increased density'  means/what it is caused from. I am naturally concerned, as six months seems an eternity away.
I am 37 years old, have no history of breast cancer in my family.

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Hallo Lee
It could be due to inflammation or infection of the breast tissue - you are probably going to see the gyne again? If he is not sure whether this is a nodule, he can always take a needle biopsy. He/she should also decide if you need antibiotics. You can try Voltaren gel on the affected area. It does not sound as if there are any signs of breast cancer?
Dr Bets

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