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I had a mammogram 3 weeks ago which was routine screening. I then recieved a letter to ask me to go to the breast unit for further investigations. Whilst there they carried out a diagnostic mammogramme, an ultra sound and biopsies of the breast and lymph nodes.  The radiologist said there was a mass which is 1cm. I go back for results in 10 days time. Is the size of the lump important as to how long its been there and diagnosis? I had a mammogram only 16 months ago as I'd had some breast pain but it was clear. 

Thank you. 

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Hi Jestinks,

Thanks for your question and welcome to the online community. Your pathology results from your biopsies is the most important information you will get. The size of the lump is important, but it doesn’t give a full picture of what’s happening.

Although screening tests are good at picking up early cancers there is always the possibility of a breast cancer developing in between mammograms.

It’s always difficult when you are waiting on your appointment to be given your results. Try to keep as busy as you can and organise someone to go with you if possible for the appointment.

Often it can be helpful to call our Support Line on 0808-808-0000 and talk to one of our nurses about this and how concerned you are. If you think that would help we are open every day 8am till 8pm.

Best wishes and take care.

Fiona Macmillan Information Nurse Specialist