Mammograms help many women to find cancer. However, most women with metaplastic breast cancer find the lump independently. This is often after a mammogram has failed to find it. Metaplastic breast cancer is unlike other types of breast cancers and is rare. It is often painful and usually confused for a cyst. It is extremely rare.
The image below is from our Metaplastic Breast Cancer Facebook Group and is a recent poll that I did. One of the girls asked the question, "Did the Mammogram Find Your Cancer." She was frustrated that a mammogram, ultrasound and MRI had not found it. As you can see from the poll, she was not alone. Over 93 women found the lump and in some cases the mammogram did not find it - even when the cancer was 1cm.
Metaplastic Breast Cancer is rare and aggressive. Many doctors have not heard of it. If your cancer hurts or you feel something, always get it checked out.