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My mammogram was abnormal. what are the chances that i have breast cancer?

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Dr. Deborah Metzger
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
More than likely not: Abnormalities on mammograms are common. A radiologist can examine the mammogram and decide whether additional testing is indicated such as an ultrasound or a biopsy. You may also need a followup mammogram in a few months. 80% of the time, the finding on mammogram turns out to be benign.
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Check BIRADS: Mammogram reports will include a birads category in an attempt to standardize interpretation. A birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, such as a magnification view or an ultrasound. Birads 3 means that the abnormality is "probably benign" (<2% risk) and warrants 6-month follow-up. A biopsy is recommended for birads 4 and 5 abn, which have a 15-30% and >75% chance of being malignant.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends: On how the lesion was categorized under the BIRADS classification, as outlined in another post. If you had a screening mammo and need extra views(BIRADS 0), 80% of the time it turns out to be nothing of concern, and of the remainder that go to biopsy, about 80% of those turn out benign.

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How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

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Dr. Joshua Garren
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See list: For diagnosis: physical examination ultrasound breast mri needle biopsy excisional biopsy for staging: pet/ct scan sentinnel lymph node biopsy lumpectomy mastectomy axillary node dissection for follow-up: usually physical examination, and mammogram or mri.
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A 42-year-old female asked:

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Thanks as always Dr. Rao. This pathologist cannot overemphasize the importance of self-exam even in this "high tech" mammogram era.
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A 48-year-old member asked:

What are my chances of breast cancer?

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Dr. Alfred Parkhill Hand
Radiology 21 years experience
Depends: Depends on multiple variables like family history, age, genetics (brca gene), environment (cigarettes, alcohol), diet, etc. Please see this link: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/breast-cancer/ds00328/dsection=risk-factors.

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