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Are Microcalcifications Always Breast Cancer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: Possible but not common, unless you have strong family history or carry a "bad" mutation of one of the genes associated with breast cancer. There are also personal risk factors like radiation to the chest or certain reproductive factors that increase the risk. If you are concerned, talk to your gyn or maybe to a professional with expertise in cancer risk evaluation and management. ...Read more
It's not: Breast cancer is not transmitted from one person to another. It starts as a normal cell in the breast. The cell is damaged and instead of dying, it starts dividing, making more damaged cells that also divide. That's breast cancer in a nutshell... Breast cells that keep dividing and don't stop. ...Read more
Mammogram.: A majority of breast cancers diagnosed in the US are detected by screening mammography before they can be palpated. Mammograms, however, are not perfect, so self-examination monthly and yearly physical examination are important, as well. In select cases, an MRI may be used to detect breast cancer. ...Read more
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Friedlander. Need evaluation to know one way or another. Breast cancer sx’s
can include a mass. Masses that are painless, irregular ; hard are more suggestive of cancer but they can also be tender, painful ; soft. Swelling of breast; thickened, red, skin; non-milky nipple discharge; new retraction of nipple, puckering or irritation of skin or pain ; sometimes swollen lymph nodes under arm (s). ...Read more
Something different: Women who find their breast cancers say they felt something "different". Sometimes it's hard, like a little pebble. Or it's a rubbery lump that's new. Normal breasts can be very lumpy, which is why it's important to get to know what your breasts feel like by examining them regularly yourself. If you feel anything that concerns you, go see your doctor! Don't be afraid. Breast cancer is curable! ...Read more
Ducts or lobules: Ductal carcinoma in situ and invasive ducal carcinoma originate within the ducts of the breast. Lobular carcinoma in situ and invasive lobular carcinoma originate in the lobules or milk glands. ...Read more
A palpable mass: A painless mass that you can feel is the usual symptom of cancer. Not all breast masses are cancers, of course, but if you have one that persists, you need to see a doctor. Conversely, some breast cancers can't be felt, they can only be seen with an imaging study, such as a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. ...Read more
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
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
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