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Can the radiologist tell breast cancer from a fibroadenoma during a ultrasound, or do you need a biopsy?

Can the radiologist tell breast cancer from a fibroadenoma during a ultrasound, or do you need a biopsy?

Usually yes,: He can distinguish fibroadenoma from cancer, but not always. Biopsy is the only way to know for sure. Ask your doctor what he recommends, after he reviews the study with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Can fibroadenomas turn into breast cancer?

Can fibroadenomas turn into breast cancer?

No: Fibroadenomas are benign tumors and cannot become malignant. There are rare types that can be locally aggressive within the breast, called phyllodes tumors. If you had this type of fibroadenoma, we would recommend surgical removal. Otherwise, fibroadenomas can be left in the breast once diagnosis is established, provided that it is not large or painful. ...Read more

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Is a fibroadenoma a type of breast cancer?

Is a fibroadenoma a type of breast cancer?

No: Fibroadenomas are the most common benign tumors of the breast. They are often estrogen sensitive and are prone to grow in estrogen-rich environments. Accordingly, it is not uncomon for these to develop after puberty, pregnancy, or following the use of birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. If a biopsy has been performed to establish the diagnosis, they do not need to be removed. ...Read more

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I also have a lump in my left breast. Is it breast cancer or a cryst or fibroadenomas in breast?

I also have a lump in my left breast. Is it breast cancer or a cryst or fibroadenomas in breast?

At your age: It is very unlikely to be breast cancer, and more likely to be benign. See your doctor, you will probably need an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Should I have a mammogram? I am 31, have had a fibroadenoma removed several years ago and no family history of breast cancer.

Should I have a mammogram? I am 31, have had a fibroadenoma removed several years ago and no family history of breast cancer.

NO , no indication: At the age of 31 no indication for mammography , unless have strong suspicion due to brca i ; ! ( genetic ) even after 40 routine screening mammography id not improve in survival in recent canadian study ( controversial ref ny times article and my comment ). Go for regular scheduled check ups ...Read more

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Utz shows nodule is most likely fibroadenoma 1cm x 0.4cm. Im 29 y/o do i need FNA biopsy. My mom has breast cancer?

Utz shows nodule is most likely fibroadenoma 1cm x 0.4cm. Im 29 y/o do i need FNA biopsy. My mom has breast cancer?

Fibroadenoma: Fibroadenoma is a benign well circumscribed tumor with two components, epithelium and stroma. Only very rarely is the epithelium found to be atypical enough to be called carcinoma in situ and much more rarely to have invasive cancer. Another tumor called phyllodes Tumor can resemble Fibroadenoma closely and does have malignant variants. Good pathology exam is useful here. FNA or core bx OK. ...Read more

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Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue ?

Fibroadenoma or breast cancer - symptoms weight loss, itchy breast, abscess, breast pain fatigue ?

Breast cancer: Most breast cancers present as a painless lump within the breast. Your description of itchy painful breast would be an unusual presentation. Some advanced cases can present with skin involvement that can look like orange peel with redness. See you doctor for an exam, probably time for a mammogram as well. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

Can CT scan detect breast cancer or lymphoma? Having swollen axillary lymph nodes since months+ fibroadenomas+complex cyst,ct scan results were normal

CT can detect: the enlarged lymph nodes associated with lymphoma, but a biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis. CT can occasionally pickup a breast cancer, but it is generally not utilized for detecting breast cancer or evaluating breast abnormalities. Mammography, ultrasound, and mri are more appropriate. ...Read more

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I have fibrodenoma last 2 years. Now there is pinching pain sometimes. What does it means? Is it changing into breast cancer?

I have fibrodenoma last 2 years. Now there is pinching pain sometimes. What does it means? Is it changing into breast cancer?

Not likely: If your doctor is absolutely sure that you have a fibroadenoma and nothing more. In general, breast cancer is uncommon at your age, fibroadenoma does not turn into cancer, and cancers are not painful. But these are general statements and exceptions occur frequently. Best to see your doctor for specific advice about your case. ...Read more

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Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Yes: U/s is not a great screening test but an extension of the physical exam. It is very dependent upon the person (breast surg vs radiology tech?) doing the u/s, where they place the probe, how fast they move the probe, how much attention they pay to the screen, etc. U/s performed by a skilled breast surgeon can be very helpful and also used to guide sampling for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

How accurate is an ultrasound for breast cancer?

Very: When ultrasounds are used to evaluate a palpable lump or a mammographic abnormality, a directed ultrasound can very accurately differentiate a benign tumor from a malignant one. Nevertheless, it is best to not rely exclusively on an ultrasound and to proceed to tissue diagnosis via biopsy, especially for women over age 40. ...Read more

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How can a ultrasound miss breast cancer?

How can a ultrasound miss breast cancer?

SCREENING BREAST CA: Mammogram is the gold standard for breast cancer screening, ultrasonds are used to differenciate solid/fluid filled cysts and serve that purpose.Ultrasond can miss cancers more often.Mammogams can also miss some early cancers, and has well recognised limitations. So ultrasond and magnetic resonance imaging is used along with mammograms in high risk patients. ...Read more

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Is mammogram or ultrasound best for early breast cancer detection?

Mammogram: Mammograms are generally better at screening for breast cancer. Ultrasound is used more for a focus evaluation of an area of the breast that might be suspicious or appear abnormal. ...Read more

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Is it better to have a mammogran or an ultrasound for breast cancer?

Is it better to have a mammogran or an ultrasound for breast cancer?

See: Womenshealth.Gov for good info. Best to start with mammogram and radiologist will obtain other tests as needed. ...Read more

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What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

Complementary: A mammogram is an excellent screening test, designed to find cancers before they are palpable. An ultrasound is best utilized for determining the severity of what was seen on mammography. Using the info from both studies, we can then decide if biopsy is necessary. Ultrasound is also a tool to supplement physical exams--it's like a stethoscope for breast surgeons. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between mammogram and ultrasound when it comes to breast cancer detection?

Xrays vs ultrasound : Mammograms are images obtained by compressing the breast and exposing the breast tissue to x rays from several directions. Various findings on these x ray images could be a sign of cancer. Ultrasound images are obtained by sending high frequency sound waves into (breast) tissue and capturing reflected sound waves back. These are then used to generate an image. Breast cancer can often be detected. ...Read more

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Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

Swollen l suprclav node for 3mo. Ultrasound shows it to be1.5cm. Dr says its benign. No breast cancer. What now?!

1.5 cm and benign?: Normally, any lymph node greater than 1 cm in the neck is considered suspicious. If it has not grown in three months, that is somewhat reassuring. If it shows any more growth, i would certainly biopsy it. If you biopsied it now, there is probably over a 90% chance that your doctor is right. Weight loss, night sweats, unexplained fevers, sore throat, difficulty swallowing or hoarseness? ...Read more

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Can breast cancer be detected by ultrasound?

Can breast cancer be detected by ultrasound?

Yes,: breast ultrasound can detect breast cancer. Reported sensitivities vary, but in general the overall sensitivity for detecting breast cancer ranges from 60-80%, and is similar to mammography.There is some data to suggest ultrasound may perform better than mammography in younger women and in women with dense breasts. ...Read more

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What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

What is the accuracy of breast cancer ultrasound?

It is a complementry: Ultrasound is useful test commonly done after a mammogram. It can make a distinction between solid(likely to be cancer) and cystic (usually benign)strutures. The accuracy of ultrasound is operator dependent...So a good/experienced radiologist can make good use of this test for accurate dignosis. ...Read more

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Will an ultrasound be able to detect breast cancer?

Will an ultrasound be able to detect breast cancer?

Sometimes...: Ultrasound is most useful as a directed test to evaluate a mass seen on mammography or palpated on (self) exam. Info from the ultrasound helps us decide if biopsy is necessary to check for cancer. Ultrasound is also being used to screen for cancers; preliminary results are encouraging, especially in women with dense breasts. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more