The 2011 story, part 4

My entire medical team (surgeon, radiologist, anesthesiologist) was female!

Lab results on the lumpectomies

Top right breast:

  • needle core biopsy: atypical ductal hyperplasia
  • surgical biopsy: atypical ductal hyperplasia

Bottom right breast:

  • needle core biopsy: atypical lobular hyperplasia
  • surgical biopsy: lobular carcinoma in situ

Despite the scary name, LCIS is not cancer. However, it puts me in a
different (higher) risk category than ADH does.

The term lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) is misleading. This lesion is more appropriately termed lobular neoplasia. Strictly speaking, it is not known to be a premalignant lesion, but rather a marker that identifies women at an increased risk for subsequent development of invasive breast cancer. This risk remains elevated even beyond two decades, and most of the subsequent cancers are ductal rather than

It turns out that dense breast tissue (not size, density) is a known risk factor for breast cancer. I did not know that. Even after almost 10 years of menopause, I still have very dense tissue, which is unusual, according to my surgeon.

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