A 41-year-old member asked:
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is it okay to assume that a follow-up evalution is a cause for alarm after taking a mammogram?

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Dr. Regina Hampton
23 years experience Breast Surgery
No, but follow up: A follow up is necessary for us to get a closer look at an abnormality seen on your initial mammogram. In most cases, the abnormalities look noncancerous. You may be asked to come back in 3-6 months for another evaluation.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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Dr. Shari Jackson
21 years experience Radiology
Not necessarily: Routine mammograms are initially done with a "screening" technique. If the radiologist sees an area that is questionable, (s)he may call you back to do what is called a "diagnostic" mammogram, which includes more focused views of the possible abnormality, and/or ultrasound of the breast. Many times these extra tests show nothing of concern. Try not to worry yet.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Michael Gabor
33 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
No: I wouldn't assume anything of the sort. If they are recommending a 6 month followup, the chance of cancer is less than 2%. If they are recommending additional views based on the screening mammogram, most of these turn out to be of no concern. However, a minority do turn out to be suspicious, so you need to complete the evaluation.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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