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I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast. No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts. Should I get worried?

Concerned: And follow-up.
To be calcified, these have existed for a while. Self and professional exams are important, along with excellent mammograms.
Your gyn and / or breast specialist will follow with you. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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. ...Read more

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Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Needs biopsy: Suspicious cluster opleomorphic microcalcifications on mgram may be due to breast cancer. Therefore you need to undergo a biopsy. Usually they sggest a stereotactic biopsy which is a type od percutaneous needle biopsy n a special x-ray table. Please follow with a breast carer specialist or a radiologist experien in this procedure. ...Read more

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If small calcifications show up on a digital mammogram and not on a breast sonogram. Should I be concerned?

If small calcifications show up on a digital mammogram and not on a breast sonogram. Should I be concerned?

Calcifications: Small calcifications may be difficult or impossible to visualize on ultrasound, while being relatively easy to see on the mammogram. The fact that the calcifications are not seen on US doesn't make them any more or less suspicious. Speak to your doctor about the next steps to take. ...Read more

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Dimple, and linear calcifications in breast. MRI set for Mon. Morning. What will the MRI show, as opposed to mammogram and ultrasound?

Dimple, and linear calcifications in breast. MRI set for Mon. Morning. What will the MRI show, as opposed to mammogram and ultrasound?

I see: You have a history of DCIS on the right, a lump on the left, and new calcifications on the right. If you have had surgery/radiation, then post treatment scarring etc... can look suspicious on mammo/US. MRI can tell the difference. Also, MRI is better at preoperatively determining extent of disease, looking for additional suspicious areas, and evaluating the opposite breast. ...Read more

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Mammogram yearly @ 65? Since 35, diagnostic, reg mam & ultrasound. Dx yrs ago fibrocystic. Punctuate calcifications both breasts. CT MRI 2xyr re CRC.

Mammogram yearly @ 65? Since 35, diagnostic, reg mam & ultrasound. Dx yrs ago fibrocystic. Punctuate calcifications both breasts. CT MRI 2xyr re CRC.

Calcifications: Microcalcifications of the breasts are suspicious findings and usually require a minimally invasive breast biopsy. The majority of the biopsies will return a benign result but we can't assume that based on mammogram. MRI use in the US is very user dependent and should be reserved for high risk individuals or those with a proven cancer. ...Read more

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Mammogram showed bilateral normal calcs. L. breast 4 sm cysts and 1 nodule. 1mm that couldn't be determined on U/S. Biop. Scheduled. Chance of CA?

Mammogram showed bilateral normal calcs. L. breast 4 sm cysts and 1 nodule. 1mm that couldn't be determined on U/S. Biop. Scheduled. Chance of CA?

Mammogram: If a mass seen on mammogram shows signs such as calcifications, cysts, masses etc that are associated with cancer, a biopsy will be recommended to know for sure. However these findings can also be seen in normal tissue. Only a biopsy will tell for sure. Try to relax for now and I would recommend following through with the biopsy ...Read more

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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?

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

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10 days ago did mammogram n sonogram of breast was diagnos as water cyst. I woke up t feeling like a ballon is in my breast with quiet of a hard lump?

10 days ago did mammogram n sonogram of breast was diagnos as water cyst. I woke up t feeling like a ballon is in my breast with quiet of a hard lump?

Sounds like...: ...The cyst got larger--this can happen "overnight", often accompanied by significant breast pain. This can be easily confirmed by an ultrasound +/- needle aspiration; drawing the fluid out can almost-immediately relieve the pain. Please call the doctor who ordered your mammogram--they will either want you to come in or refer you directly to a breast center or breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Does an ultrasound of the breast mean I don't have to take a mammogram?

Does an ultrasound of the breast mean I don't have to take a mammogram?

No: Ultrasound is used to further define mammographic findings. It is not a substitute for the mammogram. ...Read more

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I have alot of breast pain on mammogram a large lymph node was found could that cause such pain I can't even touch my chest plus have chest pain?

Biopsy and/or I&D: Hi. You need to go to a breast clinic. You may need a biopsy of the lymph node and any other suspicious mass. The pain may be an abscess, which would need to be incised and drained. The internet is no place for this problem. You need a hands on physician. Good luck! ...Read more

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This is my 2nd cycle with having a discharge of blood from both breast. I received a mammogram n sonogram they were negative. What is causing this is?

Need surgical eval: Bloody breast discharge is suspicious for abnormal pathology. A ductography and mri evaluation may help. Regardless of test results you should obtain a surgical consultation with a breast surgeon. ...Read more

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Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Advice follow up: You need to follow through with the advice given by the radiologist, as nodular and dense breasts are often hard to "see through". ...Read more

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How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? Wondering how they accurately guide the needle?

They can do it: By palpation. Another imaging option is Breast MRI. It is highly sensitive for carcinoma. If it is negative, you may not need a biopsy. If it is positive, biopsy could be performed with MRI guidance. ...Read more

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Lump in breast previously diagnosis as galactocele couldn't be found on mammogram or breast u/s. It is felt by me and dr. Stayed same size past 5 yrs. Do MRI?

Lump in breast previously diagnosis as galactocele couldn't be found on mammogram or breast u/s. It is felt by me and dr. Stayed same size past 5 yrs. Do MRI?

A lump: That has been stable for 5 years and is not visible on mammogram and sonogram in someone your age has a very minuscule chance of being malignant. MRI probably not necessary. ...Read more

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Why do a breast ultrasound after a mammogram? Does it mean there’s something abnormal in my breast, or was the mammogram just not clear? My doctor won’t talk to me until after the ultrasound, but i’m worried now.

Why do a breast ultrasound after a mammogram? Does it mean there’s something abnormal in my breast, or was the mammogram just not clear? My doctor won’t talk to me until after the ultrasound, but i’m worried now.

It means that: There was an abnormality or potential abnormality on the mammogram that required additional evaluation or confirmation with ultrasound. Or, if you have dense breasts, screening ultrasound may be performed as an adjunct test even if the mammo shows no abnormality. ...Read more

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I have large breasts–approximately 42d– for a man. Should I have a mammogram done western mark

I have large breasts–approximately 42d– for a man. Should I have a mammogram done western mark

Male Mammo: You don't need a mammogram simply because you have large breasts/gynecomastia. However, approx. 1% of breast cancer occurs in men, so if you have a lump or other symptom, see your doctor, a mammo may be appropriate in that situation. ...Read more

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I get annual mammograms but don't do a monthly exam as my breasts are lumpy. Would an ultrasound be useful? Should I be checking them monthly?

Yes: Breast self exams are useful, especially with lumpy breasts. Ultrasound may demonstrate cysts which may help rule out a solid mass. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram in sept 2012 and it was neg. I have some thickening in right breast. Would mammogram detected it? I do have large breast

See your doctor: If you have new thickening in the right breast. Mammogram from almost a year ago probably not relevant at this point. You may need a new mammo and possibly ultrasound. ...Read more

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I went for mammogram today and while she did this X-ray my breast discharged fluid. Is this normal? What is it?

Yes: This is very likely normal - breast tissue is glandular and usually can produce secretions. ...Read more

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I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?

I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?

Confusing: Dense breasts can make it hard to find cancer on mammogram. There is reason to think that people who have dense breasts should have mris instead.

Fatty breasts, however, are not dense, and are easily imaged on mammogram. ...Read more

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Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Yes: While there are special techniques to try and visualize as much of the breast tissue as possible, implants do partially obstruct full evaluation of the breast. This is particularly true when the implants are placed above the pectoralis muscle; it is always best to place these behind the muscle. ...Read more

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Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Is a mammogram with breast implants effective?

Yes: You will probably have to get a few extra views to visualize all breast tissue but this is not a big deal. ...Read more

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What can they see on mammogram if I have breast implants?

Most everything: Implants are known not to affect mammograms for the most part, particularly if they are placed under muscle. However moving the implant from the x-ray field is needed to view every quadrant of breast tissue, which can occasionally be difficult for the radiology technologist. ...Read more

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I get a shooting pain on left breast, should I get mammogram?

I get a shooting pain on left breast, should I get mammogram?

Breast pain: There are many causes of breast region pain. If it is persistent, go to your doctor to get evaluated. Mammography may or may not be needed. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

What is the difference between a breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

Sound vs xrays: Mammograms use xrays to image the breast tissue. Screening mmgs involve 2 views (mlo, cc) of each whole breast. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the breast tissue. The area visualized is dependent upon where the probe is placed on the breast and is influenced by how it is angled, how fast it is moved around and how much attention is being paid to the screen during the exam. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

What is the difference between an breast ultrasound and a mammogram?

Mammogram/Ultrasound: The mammogram (mg) and ultrasound (us) show breast tissue in different ways. The mg is better for women with fatty breasts. The us can help tell if a mass is solid or cystic (fluid filled). It can also give a better picture for women who have dense breasts. The tests are often used together to help determine what is going on. ...Read more

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Why do doctors ask for both mammogram and ultra sound for the breast?

Why do doctors ask for both mammogram and ultra sound for the breast?

They are not: Routinely ordered together. They are complementary tests, and the combination of ultrasound and mammographic findings in the setting of a Breast abnormality often provides more useful diagnostic information than either test alone. In the screening setting, there is some evidence that ultrasound plus mammography in women with dense breasts may have some benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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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