Two months after a "normal" mammogram, Ursula was diagnosed with Stage 2A breast cancer.
Date of Diagnosis: August, 2009
Age at Diagnosis: 44
Stage of Diagnosis: Stage IIA
Time from "normal" mammogram to diagnosis: two months
How was cancer detected: By meUrsula's Story: I had a digital mammogram every year since I was 40. At 44, two months after a "normal" mammogram, I noticed a dimpling of the breast skin and felt a lump. My doctor was not too concerned since I just had a "clean" mammogram. She sent me for an ultrasound, which found the mass. The biopsy revealed a 1.97cm malignant tumor. After surgery, the pathology report confirmed an additional two cancerous lymph nodes. The cancer had travelled outside of my breasts and ONLY two month earlier my mammography report was NORMAL. Because of my dense breasts my 2 cm tumor was hidden on mammography. Had I been offered a reliable screening tool, such as an Ultrasound or MRI, it is most likely that the cancer would have been found at an earlier stage. My oncologist told me that because of the stage of my cancer, I have a 15% risk of metastasis. We must find cancer early!