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Breast heaviness, left breast only. painful exam. mammogram 2 small areas dense. does this mean cancer? started period at 9, stopped at 56. i am 57

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Dr. Joyce Pastore
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Breast pain: Breast cancer is generally not painful and has a characteristic mammogram appearance, often with calcifications or stippling. Ask your doctor to interpret your mammogram result. He/she should recommend a biopsy if there is a high suspicion of malignancy.
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Family Medicine 34 years experience
Biopsy: We won't know until after the biopsy, if your breast surgeon recommends one. Some things are followed on ultrasound. Please don't hesitate to follow up with your physician, even if anxious and scared, because breast cancer has a much better prognosis these days with better treatments. They may want an ultrasound and an MRI, although all were neg on one patient I am aware of.
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Last updated Sep 6, 2017

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