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Recall after first mammogram

21 Oct 2019 20:28

I'm hoping someone can give me some advise. I'm 41 years old and 7 years ago I was successfully treated for a germ cell cancer. Since my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer at 62 once I got the final all clear I asked my doctor if I could start having regular breast screening due to mine and my family history. I went along for my first mammogram at the family health centre two weeks ago and they've called me for a call back. Apparently one area on my right breast is different to the left. There is a white 'blob' where there isn't one on the other side. I've been told it's highly unlikely to be cancer especially as I'm still having periods, but they need a true picture of what is normal for me. However I am terrified. I go back tomorrow for another mammogram and more tests. Has anyone been in this situation? I have no changes to my breasts no lumps of anything although have bruised my poor right breast by checking it for anything abnormal x

Recall after first mammogram

21 Oct 2019 21:15 in response to Scottie78

Hi Scottie78 and welcome to the forum. 

I just wanted to post before your appointment tomorrow to hopefully try and offer some reassurance. 

We know that lots of women become worried if they are recalled after a mammogram. Most women are recalled because an area has shown up on the mammogram and more information is needed. About four out of every 100 women screened are recalled. You’re slightly more likely to be recalled after your first mammogram. There is an interesting blog here that might help. 

I'm not sure what time your appointment is tomorrow but if you wanted to speak to one of our nurses for some futher support then they are available from 9am on 0808 800 4040. 

I hope this helps and do let us know how you get. 

Best wishes, 
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Recall after first mammogram

22 Oct 2019 11:53 in response to Scottie78

Hello and thanks for your post

I can appreciate that being recalled back to the breast clinic is worrying.

We know from the Breast Cancer Screening programme that about 4 in every 100 women are asked to come back for more tests after screening. Out of these 4 women, only 1 will be found to have cancer.

There are a number of reasons why you may have been recalled, and you may want to read about them here. 

Unfortunately,there is no way around having to wait for the outcome of the recall. But I hope you know more about your situation soon. Give us a ring if you want to talk anything over. The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Kind regards,