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How often are breast microcalcifications not cancerous?

How often are breast microcalcifications not cancerous?

Most are not: An overwhelming majority of women with microcalcifications seen on mammography have no breast disease. A small subset of these women will have microcalcifications that are deemed "suspicious" for cancer, warranting a (stereotactic) biopsy. Of these suspicious microcalcifications, cancer will be found 15-30% of the time. ...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


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Does anybody know about breast microcalcifications that are not cancerous?

Does anybody know about breast microcalcifications that are not cancerous?

Most are not: There are many causes of microcalcification in the breast, like fibroadenonma, fat necrosis, cysts etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-calcifications/my00101. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can breast cancer differ with a lump compared to microcalcifications?

How can  breast cancer differ with a lump compared to microcalcifications?

See below: A breast lump that you can feel is likely a more advanced breast cancer compared to micocalcifications. Micricalcificatons only has a 10-15% chance of having cancer & likely to represent a very small and very early cancer if malognant (or non-invasive, in situ). ...Read more

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Can you have breast cancer without microcalcifications? mammogram shows nodules, but no microcalcifications. 3mm, 9mm, and 7mm. All asymmetry

Can you have breast cancer without microcalcifications? mammogram shows nodules, but no microcalcifications. 3mm, 9mm, and 7mm. All asymmetry

See Disclaimer: A typical mammogram will often cite a disclaimer stating something like a negative mammogram cannot exclude a malignancy. That means you cannot draw broad blanket conclusions, one way or the other, about micro-calcifications. You should have your breasts evaluated further by a breast surgeon. ...Read more

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History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?

History invasive breast cancer, US of thyroid show multiple solid nodule, largest 1.5 CM w/microcalcifications & hypervascularity. Odds of malignancy?

Possible: most likely your doctor will do aspiration biopsy ( FNS ) in the office wait for the results , in general prognosis is excellent in most of the thyroid cancers . 44 yr old can expect cure , speak to your doctor ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Microcalcifications (Definition)

Microcalcifications are tiny specks of mineral deposits (calcium), that can be scattered throughout the mammary gland, or occur in clusters. When found on a mammogram, a radiologist will then decide whether the specks are of concern - usually, this is not the case. Commonly, they simply indicate the presence of tiny benign cysts, but can signify the presence ...Read more