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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Does losing weight help eliminate calcifications in breast?

Does losing weight help eliminate calcifications in breast?

No: These usually are genetically related rather than related to fat.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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".

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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?

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?

Lump biopsy: They do it the old fashioned way, before we had ultrasound to guide us. They palpate the lump and guide the needle in that way to get a biopsy specimen. It works!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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