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Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Could clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Sometimes yes: Depending on the appearance, but this is a finding on mammogram. A biopsy is required to arrive at a definite diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Wanted to know if clusters of microcalcifications mean you have breast cancer?

Possibly: While stable calcifications over time (ie years) on a mammogram are less likely to be due to cancer, any changing calcifications are likely to come with the recommendation for a biopsy because of the correlation between changing calcifications and cancer. The pattern of calcifications is interpreted by the radiologist as suspicious or benign. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer differ with a lump compared to microcalcifications?

How can breast cancer differ with a lump compared to microcalcifications?

See below: A breast lump that you can feel is likely a more advanced breast cancer compared to micocalcifications. Micricalcificatons only has a 10-15% chance of having cancer & likely to represent a very small and very early cancer if malognant (or non-invasive, in situ). ...Read more

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Can you have breast cancer without microcalcifications? Mammogram shows nodules, but no microcalcifications. 3mm, 9mm, and 7mm. All asymmetry

Can you have breast cancer without microcalcifications? Mammogram shows nodules, but no microcalcifications. 3mm, 9mm, and 7mm. All asymmetry

See Disclaimer: A typical mammogram will often cite a disclaimer stating something like a negative mammogram cannot exclude a malignancy. That means you cannot draw broad blanket conclusions, one way or the other, about micro-calcifications. You should have your breasts evaluated further by a breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer risk increased with suspicious bilateral microcalcification clusters and large thickened nodule w/neg. Us? How much?

Is breast cancer risk increased with suspicious bilateral microcalcification clusters and large thickened nodule w/neg. Us? How much?

Walk B4 U Run: Breast microcalcifications are very common, some of which may be associated with cancer. Radiologists will deem those suspicious enough to warrant biopsy as "birads 4 or 5". If so, the next step is to have a (nonsurgical) biopsy for definitive diagnosis. A nodule seen on mammography but not on ultrasound will also be categorized as above. Your next step is to speak w/the dr. Who ordered the mamm. ...Read more

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44 no fam hx breast cancer. Mammo shows small cluster microcalcifications. I do have fibroglandular density with birad 2. Don't smoke, high caffeine?

44 no fam hx breast cancer. Mammo shows small cluster microcalcifications. I do have fibroglandular density with birad 2. Don't smoke, high caffeine?

BiRads II?: If your mammogram was read as Birads 2 you have less to worry about. BI-RADS II is a benign category. A cluster of microcacifications can be worrisome for breast-cancer. You should probably clarify this result with your doc to make sure no further testing is needed as the results seem contradictory. Best wishes! ...Read more

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History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?

History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?

Possible: Most likely your doctor will do aspiration biopsy (FNS) in the office wait for the results, in general prognosis is excellent in most of the thyroid cancers. 44 yr old can expect cure, speak to your doctor ...Read more

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No family history of breast cancer. 44 years old. Mammo shows small cluster of microcalcification in mlo view only of upper right breast. I do consume very high levels of caffeine. Do not smoke. Healthy diet and exercise. First abnormal Mammo. I do ha

No family history of breast cancer. 44 years old. Mammo shows small cluster of microcalcification in mlo view only of upper right breast. I do consume very high levels of caffeine. Do not smoke. Healthy diet and exercise. First abnormal Mammo. I do ha

This is a common: Finding Mammograms pick up both in malignant and Non malignant Breast conditions. POINT IS IT ABSOLUTELY NEEDS FOLLOW UP by a Breast Specialist! The Provider who ordered the study should be your first contact! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

Maybe none: Early breast cancer has no signs or symptoms. Breast cancer may later present as a painless firm breast lump. Rarely changes in color of the skin, sometimes nipple will get retracted or breast skin pulled inward. Best is to have yearly physical examination and mammogram after age 40 before these symptoms occur. Any breast lump, painful or not, should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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Symptoms of breast cancer?

Symptoms of breast cancer?

A lump in the breast: This is how most women discover their breast cancer. However most such lumps turn out to be benign. If you do monthly breast self exam, you will be able to tell if you have any new lumps. They are often painless and grow in size if left unattended for more then 1 or 2 months. The tumor can also spread outside of the breast if not treated. Promptly. ...Read more

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Can I inherit breast cancer?

Not directly: Breast cancer is not directly passed from parent to child. However, an increased risk of developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in the genes brca1 and brca2 increase your chance of developing breast cancer. You are not 100% guaranteed to get breast cancer if you inherit these genes, but the risk can be as high as 85%. ...Read more

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Is breast cancer hereditary?

Is breast cancer hereditary?

Sometimes.: It is estimated that 10-15% of all breast cancer cases in the us occur due to hereditary factors. This risk may be identified by doing a simple blood test to check for brca mutations. We generally advise testing family members with known breast cancers first before checking unaffected family. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer occur?

NOW YOUR THE TEACHER: I want to know that answer - environmental factors-pesticides, high fat diet, radiation, food additives, prolonged estrogen exposure - early menses - late menopause or genetics brca 1/2 genetic code damage, where else in the genome/ secondary hits? Or is it combination of the above. ..Call me on my cell if you got the answer. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer happen?

How can breast cancer happen?

Genetics: Some genes are activated in these cells and they start growing without control. Also the could travel through blood stream to other body areas. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be inherited?

Can breast cancer be inherited?

The risk can: Breast cancer itself is not passed down, but the risk for developing breast cancer can be inherited. Mutations in genes called brca1 and brca2 can be passed from a parent to a child. These inherited mutations increase the risk of developing breast cancer dramatically. A person with a brca mutation may have a 50% or higher chance of developing breast cancer, but it's not 100%. ...Read more

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What is systemic breast cancer?

What is systemic breast cancer?

Not sure...: What you mean. Breast cancer that has spread to other sites or other organs might be described as being systemic. Would need more information to be sure that I understand your question correctly. ...Read more

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How dangerous is breast cancer?

How dangerous is breast cancer?

Variable: Although never trivial, mammographically detected breast cancer, if small and estrogen receptor positive has a very good prognosis with relatively minor surgery and radiation. Conversely, inflammatory breast cancer with positive nodes has an extremely poor prognosis without very aggressive treatment. Most bc's are in the middle with a relatively favorable prognosis. ...Read more

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What's the sign of breast cancer?

What's the sign of breast cancer?

Several: New or enlarging lumps, nipple discharge and skin changes are all things that should be investigated to rule out breast cancer. Each of these can be associated with other things but cancer should be ruled out. While many breast cancers do not cause pain, some do: any new, persistent pain in the breast should be evaluated. The best time to DX cancer is before signs develop. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more

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Signs/symptoms of breast cancer?

Lump: Not previously felt, inverted nipple, change in skin at nipple/areola, skin with appearance of orange skin, lump in the arm pit. Pain is not a common feature of breast cancer. First degree relative is a signal to be alert. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


Microcalcifications (Definition)

Are tiny calcium deposits that can occur in various parts of the body, such as the breast and thyroid gland. There are a variety of causes, most benign, but certain cancers can also produce them. Generally, the shape and distribution determine the level of suspicion. Typically benign looking microcalcs can usually be ignored, and more suspicious microcalcs likely ...Read more