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What is the probability of having an abnormal mammogram when your previius mammogram was abnormal?

What is the probability of having an abnormal mammogram when your previius mammogram was abnormal?

Mammogram: Not sure I understand. If there was an abnormality previously, if it was not treated or evaluated it will probably still be there. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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Abnormal mammogram, but lesion couldn't be found at biopsy. Is this unusual?

Abnormal mammogram, but lesion couldn't be found at biopsy.  Is this unusual?

It is unusual,: but it can sometimes happen. Options include more imaging(for example breast mri) to re-evaluate and determine if there actually is a lesion, and re-biopsy. The bottom line is that mammogram abnormality must still be explained, and the first biopsy unfortunately was unable to do that. ...Read more

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What does an abnormal mammogram look like?

What does an abnormal mammogram look like?

It varies: There are a variety of ways for a mammo to look abnormal: microcalifications, a mass, a distortion of the normal architecture, an asymmetry, skin thickening, abnormal lymph nodes, dilated ducts, global or regional stromal changes. ...Read more

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If I had an abnormal mammogram with ny first mammogram can I have an abnormal mammogram with my second?

If I had an abnormal mammogram with ny first mammogram can I have an abnormal mammogram with my second?

It's possible: If the abnormality was not fully evaluated/treated it will probably still be there. Also, having an abnormality one year does not decrease the probability that you could have a different abnormality the next year. ...Read more

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After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

After an abnormal mammogram and an abnormal ultrasound, what are the chances of the MRI coming back abnormal?

If there is: a specific abnormality identified on both ultrasound and mammography, it will probably be visualized on MRI as well. ...Read more

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Can you still get breast augmentation with abnormal mammogram?

Can you still get breast augmentation with abnormal mammogram?

Sort it out: It is important to figure out what's going on in the breast and causing the abnormality - before having any cosmetic breast procedure. ...Read more

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Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Yes: The normal mammograms in the past won't protect you from future breast cancer. Also, mammograms are about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so 20% of cancers won't be seen. 1.5 years is enough time for a cancer to double in size 6 times. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If not, please resume your screening mammography. ...Read more

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I had both the same day, and the mammogram come back normal, but the ultrasound came back abnormal? Which one is more accurate?

Different: Mammogram and ultrasound look at different qualities. Mammogram is good at seeing tissue that is more dense than surrounding tissue and for calcifications. Ultrasound is good at seeing the whether those tissues are solid or fluid-filled or both. The two together, in addition to the physician's exam, help to create a more complete picture. Trust in your doctor to interpret these findings for you. ...Read more

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On vacation right now but received a report on mammogram done four days ago. It stated I had abnormal lymph nodes on left ancillary nodes and calcifi?

On vacation right now but received a report on mammogram done four days ago.  It stated I had abnormal lymph nodes on left ancillary nodes and calcifi?

Follow up: obviously, you will need follow up. This is always the hardest, having to wait to get the final answers. Calcium can be an indicator of blood vessels or tumors. both benign or malignant. Lymph nodes can be swollen for infection or tumors. You will need to contact your doctor to see if you need more xrays or biopsy. You should contact your doctor for appropriate follow up ...Read more

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I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

I had a suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells with pap smear. I amscheduled for further mamo and another pap. The 2 togethter worrisome or coincident?

Mammogram/Pap: They are most likely coincidental. A suspicious mammogram and abnormal cells in pap are findings on these screening tests, and they don't confirm the presence of cancer. But rarely certain types of breast cancer can metastasize to the uterine cervix. You definitely do need to follow up and find out what these findings really are. ...Read more

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Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


Abnormal Mammogram (Definition)

An abnormal mammogram doesn't always indicate cancer, especially on a screening mammogram. However, the radiologist saw something concerning enough to recoommend further ...Read more