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Doctor insights on: Breast Cancer Calcification Clusters

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Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Ct scan shows small calcific densities measuring 3.5mm in the right lobe of thyroid gland. Any suggestions on what this could be please? I had breast cancer in 08 but no mestateses and n full remission w br ca. Tysvm! I love you guys.

Many things: Thyroid calcifications are relatively common. Some of them are an indication of thyroid cancer. The first thing to do is to get a neck ultrasound, which is better than ct in visualizing the thyroid, and thyroid function tests.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications. Is that breast cancer?

Mammogram with punctate pleomorphic calcifications. Is that breast cancer?

Needs investigation: Although breast calcifications may not necessarily mean cancer, pleomorphic calcifications are suspicious. A biopsy should be done. Talk to your doctor. Pleomorphism means that something is of varying shape and characteristics. A non-cancerous or benign calcification will be read as "benign-appearing". Don't delay your biopsy.

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Stage 2B idc breast cancer, triple positive. Us shows 6mm thyroid nodule with calcifications next to carotid. Should I insist on fine needle biopsy?

Stage 2B idc breast cancer, triple positive. Us shows 6mm thyroid nodule with calcifications next to carotid. Should I insist on fine needle biopsy?

Depends: This condition is unrelated to your breast cancer history. Ask your doctor what concerns or not are registered by the radiologists. Some type of thyroid calcifications are more likely to be benign. 6mm thyroid nodule is small & need to know risks of trying biopsy near carotid artery too. The doctor who ordered the study would know much more to help you than is able to be reported here.

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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.

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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.

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New group /cluster of suspicious microcalifications upper outer quadrant middle depth linear -oriented in breast. Concerned? Breast cancer?

New group /cluster of suspicious microcalifications upper outer quadrant middle depth linear -oriented in breast. Concerned? Breast cancer?

Need a biopsy: A mammogram is very good in picking up calcifications. The appearance of new calcifications or a change from what was seen previously especially if the configuration is "pleomorphic" or different size and shapes can raise suspicion for cancer and should be followed by a biopsy. Some breast centers will perform an ultrasound to determine if there is a mass associated with the calcifications.

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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.

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Hello Doctor, I'm 21 years old and I'm overweight. I have a small black cluster on my breast. Painless. Several years old. Is a sign of breast cancer?

Hello Doctor, I'm 21 years old and I'm overweight. I have a small black cluster on my breast. Painless. Several years old. Is a sign of breast cancer?

No: A stable black mark that has been there for several years is not a marker for breast cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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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!

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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

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How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

How’s an aromatase inhibitor used for breast cancer?

Hormonal therapy: Aromatase inhibitors are a form of hormonal therapy for post menopausal patients. They are effective only in er+ cases. They block the conversion of other hormones to estrogen via the enzyme aromatase. In premenopausal patients they actually stimulate the ovaries to increase estrogen production. Hormonal therapy is systemic treatment, reduces local recurrence, and reduces risk of 2nd primaries.

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What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

What are the rates of prostate cancer and breast cancer in the U.S.?

Cancer rates: The chance of developing an invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is 1 in 8. The chance of developing prostate cancer is about 1 out of every 7 men. About 80% of men over 80 years hold have prostate cancer.

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I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

I thought breast cancer also followed paternal lineage. My paternal grandmother and aunt, both died in 50's and my cousin is fighting a second occurrence (my age - 50's). I got myself checked, but breast center only asked about mom's side.

True: Most inherited breast cancers are associated to mutations in the genes brca 1 and 2. These mutations can indeed come from your father's side. People with suspicious family history like yours should visit a professional with expertise in inherited cancers. Good for you for being aware of this.

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Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer?

Does pressing breasts hard or normally pressing them n sucking on nipples cause breast cancer?

No: Breast tissue is susceptible to injury as any tissue in the body is if there is sufficient trauma. This can manifest with similar symptoms to breast cancer on occasion (lumps, pain, bruising, etc). However, pressing on the breast and nipple-sucking (even if traumatic) does not cause breast cancer.

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I would like to ask about breast cancer. I alwys feel pain insde my left breast n d nipple little bit insde. Now d pain until my armfit n more often.

I would like to ask about breast cancer. I alwys feel pain insde my left breast n d nipple little bit insde. Now d pain until my armfit n more often.

Breast Pain: Breast pain is not a common symptom of cancer. Breast pain often occurs in a cyclical manner related to hormones levels in your body. Some women find that limiting their caffeine intakes helps with the pain.

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What to do if I am here in this radiologist office because I hve do a breast spot compression I'm a bit worried cuz I'm 43 n my sister had breast cancer shld?

What to do if I am here in this radiologist office because I hve do a breast spot compression I'm a bit worried cuz I'm 43 n my sister had breast cancer shld?

About 10% of: The time, the radiologist finds a potential abnormality on the screening mammo, or an area not well seen, requiring extra views to evaluate. 80% of the time this turns out to be nothing of concern. Of the remainder that go to biopsy, 80% of those turn out benign.

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How common is breast cancer?

How common is breast cancer?

Pretty common: Estimated new cases and deaths from breast cancer in the United States in 2012: new cases: 226, 870 (female); 2, 190 (male) and 39, 510 (female); 410 (male) deaths. Lifetime risk is 1 to 8. Risk is higher with the increased of age.

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