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Change In Breast Tissue On Mammogram
Just diagnosed with asymmetrical breast tissue. Mammogram looked different from last year, breast is painful, should I be worried? What can it be.?
Asym breast tissue: Could be nothing but a change in mammogram warrants further testing - either a biopsy or additional imaging such as an MRI or 3D mammogram. In my opinion ANY abnormal breast issue needs to be investigated even if it is something as simple as more frequent mammograms. I would discuss this with your doctor - you could always get an opinion of a breast surgeon. ...Read more
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
Can an area of dense breast tissue just appear within a year of a mammogram and can the area disappear?
Yes: Dense breast tissue can come and go depending on when the mammogram was performed as it relates to your menstrual cycle. Changes in weight can also effect breast density as well as the technical issue of how much the breast was compressed (squeezed) when the mammogram was performed. Lots of variables. ...Read more
What is breast tissue dense breast tissue pleaz help got my mammogram back it said I have dense breast tissues what is that?
Dense Breasts: Dense breasts are common in younger women. It is a term meaning that you have more fibrous tissue and not much fatty tissue. It is common and not considered abnormal. ...Read more
Had to redo mammogram because breast tissue wasn't compressed & looked suspicious. Caused great anxiety. Why not done properly 1st time?
Yes, it is possible:
Initial mammogram may have not had enough compression an area, or the overlapping structures may have caused a summation shadow.
The original mammogram may have been performed well but the radiologist saw something and wanted extra views.
Extra/spot views provide focal compression over the area of concern and spread out the tissues more, to make sure there is nothing of concern in that area. ...Read more
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
Mammogram showed grape size white area. Had view redone because breast tissue wasn't compressed. 2nd test the "grape" not there. Why? Concerned?
Try not to worry: This is common and a big source of confusion and concern for patients. When taking the picture of the breast, tissue sometimes randomly overlaps and will appear denser (white) than it should. This happens roughly 10% of the time. The only way to know this isn't cancer is to take another picture. If it disappears (it usually does) then you know it's tissue overlap, not cancer. I hope this helps! ...Read more
My mammogram came back normal but is shows that my breast tissue is scattered fibroglandular. Should I follow this up with a ultrasound? Emily
No need: Fibrogladular tissue is normally found in the breast and is not a concern. ...Read more
How does a doc find out if a woman's breast tissue is too dense for an accurate result on a mammogram? Can he/she know before the mammogram?
Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?
I have two lumps on r. Lower breast so I had a mammogram and ultrasound where they confirmed the lumps but not much breast tissue. Is there concern?
It depends: It all depends on what the lumps looked like on mammo and ultrasound. They could have benign features, or suspicious features. No way to tell without further information. ...Read more
Pain in right breast & upper back, at same time. No trauma. For 4/5 days. Mammogram done in Oct., have dense breast tissue, due back for further eval.
Follow up important!: Make sure to keep your follow up appointment. They may do more tests to determine if there are any problems. ...Read more
Will I need to keep getting mammograms after breast reconstruction? Is there enough of my own breast tissue left after mastectomy and breast reconstruction to make imaging worthwhile? .
Yes and No: If you had a single breast complete mastectomy, no more mammogram on that side. However, if you did not have both breast mastectomies, you still have the other bresst that is at increased risk given the history. So you need to continue screening mammograms for the other breast. ...Read more
Grandma had lobular BC, worried that I have it. Thickening in breast tissue and pain for 5 mths. Mammogram and ultrasound fine. Should I get MRI?
Are 4 samples using an 18 gauge core needle for 4mm breast lesion sufficient? Came back benign breast tissue with lactational change. Concordant.
Yes, if it: Was performed by a properly trained specialist. It sounds like you had one, if you had 4 samples for a 4 mm lesion. ...Read more
Area in breast has been core biopsied twice. Both times it yielded breast tissue with lactational change. Hasn't grown. I still worry. What do I do?
Probably OK: If you are still worried, consider getting a 2nd opinion. ...Read more
Had repeat breast core biopsy done, it came back as the same as the previous one-benign breast tissue with lactation changes. Are two biopsies accurate?
Can 'benign breast tissue with lactational change' cause a vascular 7x4mm hypoechoic area on ultrasound?
Can't Answer this: Your biopsy was performed in an area that was of concern on mammogram, ultrasound, or both. The pathology report has to be correlated with those imaging studies. If there is a concern that the biopsy did not full explain the imaging concerns, then repeat biopsy may be necessary. The physician who performed your biopsy is responsible for this correlation. ...Read more
Same breast lump 5plus years. Fluctuates in size during cycle Dr said granular tissue&fibrocystic changes. Can breast tissue feel like a lump? Worried
What could a "7x4mm hypo-echoic vascular area" on breast sonogram be? Biopsy said benign breast tissue wit lactational change. Vascular?
See your Radiologist:
The radiologist who performed your biopsy is familiar with the imaging features of what was biopsied & able to appropriately correlate imaging findings with pathologic results after a biopsy.
Establishing concordance-careful imaging-pathology correlation & appropriated post-biopsy management is done after every breast biopsy. This could have been just normal breast tissue, but need to see imaging. ...Read more
Breast lump outer quadrant feels long, soft in shower, firm when standing. Hx of fibrocystic changes. Does breast tissue feel like this?
Hypoechoic area on breast ultrasound came back as benign breast tissue with lactational changes. Can a mass come back as this? I'm worried. I'm nursing
Breast mass: It will be important to follow up with your physician to ensure that the images and the pathology report are concordant (that they agree) and, probably, get a follow-up ultrasound to ensure stability or resolution of the mass. ...Read more
Tingly sensation in same nipple. Rarely in other. Ultrasound clear (dense breast tissue). No nipple changes. May occur more often during period. Norm?
Hormonal fluctuation: As long as you were evaluated by a physician and had an imaging test to rule out any masses/cancers, then your symptoms are most likely normal and a result of hormonal fluctuations based on your menstrual cycle. If you'd like, you can prevent/control these changes by using birth control/contraception. Feel free to consult for more information on this and a prescription if needed. ...Read more
Mammogram says The breasts are symmetrical and composed of mixed fibrograndular and fatty tissues. Is this normal?
Yes this is normal: Unless there is a discrete lump or mass in the breast, you do not need to worry. ...Read more
How long can a cluster of cysts stay in the breast? I have had mine for 1.5 years. 3 mammograms & 1 u/s done already & no change in size.
Keep up with mammos: Stable cysts and lumps suggest a good prognosis. If not enlarging or if the cluster of calcifications is not suspicious, careful follow-up is the way to go. They may never go away. ...Read more
I did mammogram for breast before a year and there was fibrocystic changes in my left breast and was not milignant. Till now I am feeling it is it ok?
I had a mammogram n they found lumps then I had an ultrasound of my breasts n only found mass tissue that wasn't cancerous can tje mass tissue turn int?
Unlikely need tests: At 44 yes have to be concerned, if you have any abnormality, will need close observation. Most likely you have thick dense breast tissue, if you have lumps and masses one will feel them which you don't have, you have densities by xray only. Speak to your md will advise you if need MRI of breasts or even core needle biopsy of the area, don't forget to go for follow up visits. Good luck. ...Read more
I went to my doctor for breast pain he said he felt something there I have to get a mammogram It's in both breast change in meds have anything to do?
Mammogram: The pain is bilateral, but your doctor felt something on one side? Bilateral pain is generally not a sign of breast cancer. If your doctor felt something, however, it needs to be evaluated. At your age, ultrasound is typically the first imaging study, but mammogram not inappropriate either. ...Read more
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