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Dr. John Rhoades
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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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What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does new asymmetrical density  findings on a mammogram report  mean?

Breast tissue: Is mostly fat, especially as a woman ages. More dense areas are potentially of concern. Here the breast radilogist is saying they see differences when they compare one side to the other, and that was not the case on a prior study. ...Read more

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I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

NO but: you should see your doctor regularly , get annual mammography ( in spite of controversy is the best monitoring tool along with self examination ) Your condition currently is benign condition ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Focal densities: A "density" is a very generic term. There are normal and abnormal densities in the breast. Was this reported on a screening mammo, and were additional views recommended? If so, it is likely that they are potential abnormalities that need additional views for clarification . The majority of these turn out to be nothing, but you need to have the extra views to be sure. ...Read more

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My mammogram birad is 0 with asymmetrical increased density in my right breast. Does this mean cancer?

My mammogram birad is 0 with asymmetrical increased density in my right breast.  Does this mean cancer?

Not necessarily : Birads categories are just a shorthand way of communicating. Zero means test results are not certain, and you need another test to find out what's going on. You may need a close up mammogram, ultrasound, or maybe even a biopsy. In my experience, about 80% of the time it turns out to be something benign. Do follow up about it to be sure. ...Read more

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
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53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

53 yrs old. Recent  digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue,  negative for ca.  Should the results be trusted because of density.

Probably: If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. ...Read more

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Please answer: what means ill marginated focal asymmetry of low density in mammogram? Should i be worry?

Please answer: what means ill marginated focal asymmetry of low density in mammogram? Should i be worry?

Probably not.: A focal asymmetry is one that is seen in 2 views on a mammogram (the top down view and the side to side). "low density" means if is more likely to be benign (not malignant). But it must be further evaluated with additional mammographic views, ultrasound and rarely MRI may be required. A six month follow up mammogram may be recommended if the work up determines that it is 97% likely to be benign. ...Read more

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Should i worry about my mammogram result that says focal asymmetry right breast?

Should i worry about my mammogram result that says focal asymmetry right breast?

Not necessarily: Focal asymmetry could just mean more dense tissue in one breast versus the other. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Mammogram with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Result 0.6 CM asymmetry in the central region of breast what does this mean?

Mammogram with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Result 0.6 CM asymmetry in the central region of breast what does this mean?

Was this a : screening mammo? It sounds like there is a potential abnormality. Were additional views recommended? 80% of the time this turns out to be nothing of concern. Talk to your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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