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post #1 of 26
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SO I went to the doctor a while back, about 6 months ago because I had found a lump in my breast. I never said anything before just because it scared me so. I just felt I had to let you all know what happened and what to look for. This came to my mind after the HPV thread.

Heres my story about it. I am 29, to young for breast cancer so a lump FREAKED me out. I called my doctor and he said well lets not wait on this come in today. I went in and he did the physical test. He felt something, told me and then left the room. He came back a few minutes later and said okay I have set up a mamogram for you. Here is the office you need to be there in the next hour. I went and they found something. THe doctor did the same thing my other doctor did but when he came back into the room he had all the stuff fo a byopsy. He did the byopsy and sent me home. A few days later I got the call that it was not cancer but I still needed to come in.

When I got to the doctors the first thing he asked me was, how much caffine do you drink? I told him I live off coffee. He informed me that if a woman drinks a TON of caffine it can form a lump in your breast. Long story short, I don't have cancer but now I drink decalf.

I did learn that had I let it go it very well could have turned cancerous. Thankfully I pay close attention to my body. I just wanted to let you guys know what can happen and to warn you about caffine. To much can scare you.

This is more of a public service notice for monthy exams. Had I not been doing them regularly I may not have noticed any change.

How often do you guys do self exams? Me, its daily now.
post #2 of 26
First, I have to say, I'm so relieved that it wasn't cancerous, and that you caught it early! Second, thank you for this warning - I don't think many of us even think of something like caffeine being dangerous in this respect.

My mom had breast cancer, but she survived! Still, I know that I have a pretty high risk of breast cancer myself, and so I should be more diligent about breast exams than I am. But I shoot for monthly, at the first of each month. I hope that your story serves as an encouragement and a reminder to me to stick with it. Thank you for sharing your story with us!
post #3 of 26
Just curious. Do you know your blood type? If you don't want to answer this I totally understand and just ignore the post.
post #4 of 26
I heard about this from my doctor. He was joking around thinking I wasn't a coffee drinker. Weird isn't it! I used to check quite often but lately I don't remember. I did one just now Doesn't take me that long.

I am glad to hear it wasn't anything to worry about.
post #5 of 26
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Just curious. Do you know your blood type? If you don't want to answer this I totally understand and just ignore the post.
I knew my blood type a year ago but I forgot it now . I think I am A+ not sure though. Why do you want to know?
post #6 of 26
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
I knew my blood type a year ago but I forgot it now . I think I am A+ not sure though. Why do you want to know?
There is signifigant statistical evidence in the medical litature that Blood Type A's are more susceptible to breast cancer than any other blood type.
post #7 of 26
I'm glad you're okay

I hadn't heard that caffine causes breast lumps. I only drink one cup of tea every few weeks, no coffee or cola.

I do self exams monthly, you can get a free guide for the shower from this website http://www.komen.org/intradoc-cgi/id...AGE&nodeId=480
post #8 of 26
I feel for you - I really do!!

Caffeine is not the only thing that will contribute to lumps. Chocolate and nicotine are also very big contributors. Genetic factors play on top of these. If you have female family members (grandmother, mother, sisters, aunts) that are prone to lumps and you also drink caffeine/eat chocolate, you are going to get them. You should wean yourself off of both or prepare yourself for regular scary moments, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies.

Lumps can be very scary, particularly the first one you find. I don't remember how old I was with the first, probably early 30's. I do bi-annual mammograms and every last one of them causes the radiologist to send me for an ultrasound. There was a few year stretch where I had needle aspiration biopsies following every ultrasound. I had so much tissue that would form lumps that I actually went in for surgery at a hospital and had a lumpectomy, which based on the 6 month recovery, was more of a partial mastectomy. About 2 years ago they found hard masses and I had 14 independent biopsies done under an ultrasound at one time. Those were actually beyond aspirations - insert large needle like device and snip off a piece of tissue 14 times. I knew my surgeon well enough that his office recognized my voice when I called.

I found out thru the years that my grandmother and both sisters had/have this condition. It gets progressively worse as you work towards menopause but decreases dramatically once you reach menopause. So hormones have a great play in it also.

Has this stopped me from drinking caffeine? I tried and became what my husband called a living terror. I share this with you so that you realize the implications of staying on caffeine. The hard part about having this chronically is that both you and your doctors become complacent in treatment over time as you are so used to having negative biopsies that they assume the next one will be the same. You might not catch a positive one early enough.

Should I have stuck with quitting caffeine? Absolutely. I'm now close enough to menopause that I know this will all stop within a few years. I don't have to do a breast exam, I can feel the lumps without feeling for them and am holding off on the next lumpectomy until I hit menopause. I know I shouldn't wait but I've grown complacent with them.

If you can stick to it - quit the caffeine!!

And btw.....I'm blood type A- and had not heard the linkage to type A blood before. If I had known that was another factor, I probably would have quit caffeine years ago.
post #9 of 26
I had a big lump right after i went through puberty. It was called a Fybroadenoma (not sure of spelling). By the time I had the surgery, it had grown to the size of a mandarin orange! Supposedly these are common with women. It of course scared the heck out of me and my parents. It had to be surgically removed (I still have the scar, though the female surgeon was very creative in hiding it so it's hardly noticable). But, it was totally benign.
I've never had a lump since (20 yrs ago).
I don't do as many self checks as i should, because I have that memory of terror stuck in my brain. I just try to get my doctor to do it whenever I see her. Bad, I know......
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
Heres my story about it. I am 29, to young for breast cancer
Without scaring you i just want to say that at 29 your not too young to contract breast cancer One of my close friends who i grew up with died from it aged 33 and i've read of women aged 25 contracting it as well BUT!, had my friend went for treatment instead of refusing it she would probably still be here today

I had a lump years ago that turned out to be fat cells, and i check mine every week
post #11 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sprocket View Post
Just curious. Do you know your blood type? If you don't want to answer this I totally understand and just ignore the post.
Yep, I am B positive, I dontate blood when I am able to ( sometimes I can't due to my weight or sometimes my iron is low).
post #12 of 26
I get sore breasts if I consume to much caffiene. It causes fibro cysistic(something like that) breasts. Be sure to take your vitamin e the doctor told me it would help. My mom survived breast cancer. I did my first mammogram when I was 47.. I waited to long... but I am ok this year
post #13 of 26
I'm glad to know it wasn't cancer.

I'm surprised that he didn't recognize it though. My OB/GYN noticed right away that I drink a lot of caffiene (just from feeling my breasts during the exam).

When I first began going to the ob/gyn (not the one I have currently, when I turned 18), they gave me an introduction class to the whole OB/GYN experience.
I got to watch a little handheld movie (like the old Fischer-Price winding projectors) and they gave me a sample silcon-like breast that had tiny little beads in it that were suppose to represent what cancer feels like.

Actually it felt like when you knead ground chuck and there's a tiny bone in it. It's small, but hard enough to notice.
post #14 of 26
MY first one was found, when I was 23. The doctor told me to cut out caffeine and take vitamin E.
post #15 of 26
I never knew about the caffiene link. Thanks for starting this thread Karmasmom, it's really informative.
post #16 of 26
I know that caffeine and other substances can affect those women with fibrocystic breast disease, which my mom has (she also developed breast cancer in her late 60's, and is doing well).

I made sure to begin yearly mammograms when I was 40, but am dreadful at doing a monthly exam. Got to get back to doing so.

fwiw, I am not a fan of the eat right for your blood type diet, and do not agree with it.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Pat & Alix View Post
I made sure to begin yearly mammograms when I was 40, but am dreadful at doing a monthly exam. Got to get back to doing so.
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Don't worry you're not the only one...the docs ingrain it into me, but well the month comes and goes....
post #18 of 26
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Don't worry you're not the only one...the docs ingrain it into me, but well the month comes and goes....
Hah...I was very, very good at educating my patients and explaining things, but it's true, at least for me, that nurses (even retired ones) can be the worst re compliance
post #19 of 26
I do not do breast exams.I know, before anyone says anything about it.....I SHOULD!!!
I have 3 Aunts that had Breast Cancer and had BOTH breasts removed.
If I feel a lump, I call my Gyn and get in for him to feel it.
Why you may ask do I NOT do the exams................I know this may sound stupid and what have you to some.But, I was raised VERY VERY religously.I was brought up being told it is a sin to "touch your own body".So, even after 37 years, I just can't bring myself to do that.
post #20 of 26
You can do it with a smooth washcloth (like a baby washcloth) in the shower- I've heard that it is easier to feel the lumps (or lack there of ) like that sometimes . Just check as you wash .
post #21 of 26
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You can do it with a smooth washcloth (like a baby washcloth) in the shower- I've heard that it is easier to feel the lumps (or lack there of ) like that sometimes . Just check as you wash .
You may not be able to feel a lump with a wash cloth. Finger tips really are best. If religious reasons make it hard think of it this way. You are not feeling your body for pleasure you are feeling it to make sure everything is in order. I know a lot of religions are againts feeling your own body for pleasure but believe me you get no pleasure from it at all. I don't know if you are married or not, if you are does your religion not allow your DH to touch you? My DH asked to feel the fake one in the doctors office so he would know what to look for. I hear that alot of times its the male in the relationship to find the lump before the female .

Also I was wondering if maybe we could start a buddy system. You know we PM our buddy on the first of the month to remind them to do the check. If anyone wants I would love a buddy.
post #22 of 26
Yes I am married and yes he can touch me. I do ask him to see if he feels anything like a lump and so far, so good.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by KarmasMom View Post
You may not be able to feel a lump with a wash cloth. Finger tips really are best. .

Just to clarify, I meant a no nap, very thin washcloth. They used to sell some kind of thin pad that was supposed to make it easier to feel any lumps (but I haven't ever tried one, so I don't know personally how well it works). One day my mom was washing the kitchen counter, and told me come here and feel this spot in the counter. I didn't feel anything; then she told me to feel it with her washcloth instead, and you could feel the seam where it was uneven with the washcloth. Same principle . And yes, breast exam, not any different than checking anywhere else- just takes longer .
post #24 of 26
*sips her Iced Venti Nonfat Caramel Macchiato*

*looks at screen*

*takes another sip*

Well crud....:/ I'll be sure to talk to my Dr. about that. Speaking of which, I should have heard about my recent pap test by now. Dangit...


*takes another sip*
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post #26 of 26
I never knew about the caffine link. Thankyou soo much for this informative thread. I am glad you wound up not having cancer That must have been quite scarry for you.
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