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Is it normal to have a second mammogram if you have calcifications?

Is it normal to have a second mammogram if you have calcifications?

Yes: Calcs are a very common usually benign mmg finding. Additional views help to characterize the calcifications by their appearance (i.e. Pleomorphic, crushed stone, punctate, etc) which is easier with higher magnfication and compression to smooth out surrounding tissue. Comparing to previous studies helps detect change over time. If they appear benign and there are no priors, a short repeat is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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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

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Mammogram shows macro calcifications,& bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Mammogram shows macro calcifications,& bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Tested for gene?: Have you been tested for the BRCA gene yet? Breast, ovarian and colon cancer are associated with that gene. Uterine cancer usually will show a thickness in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) on ultrasound or irregular bleeding. Keep seeing your MD for regular evaluations and good luck. ...Read more

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After a mammogram i was recalled i had a further 6 mammograms and was told i had calcification ?

After a mammogram i was recalled i had a further 6 mammograms and was told i had calcification  ?

Calcifications: There are many causes of breast calcification, most of them benign. Howver, some cancers can cause calcifications. Radiologists determine the level of suspicion, if any, by the size, shape, and distribution of the calcifications. Follow up with your doctor to determine whether these calcifications need to be biopsied, or can safely be ignored , or need to be followed up. ...Read more

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My wife had a mammogram over a year ago. Had small calcification. Now has grown through skin draining smelly fluid. She won't go to dr. What is it?

My wife had a mammogram over a year ago. Had small calcification. Now has grown through skin draining smelly fluid. She won't go to dr. What is it?

Need a Doctor: This sounds serious. Maybe you can enlist another family member or close friend to help convince her to see a doctor or go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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My mammogram shows clustered pleomorphic calcification should I be worried ?

Be concerned!: By your description a biopsy would be indicated. This can be performed with ultrasound guidance if there are findings by u/s in the region, or if not, with stereotactic guidance. These can easily be performed by a radiologist skilled in these procedures, or by a breast surgeon. This should be done as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Mammogram report:benign appearing calcification are present on the left.2 obscured masses are seeing 0.7 and 1.0cm.is the rprt describing dif finding?

Mammogram report:benign appearing calcification are present on the left.2 obscured masses are seeing 0.7 and 1.0cm.is the rprt describing dif finding?

Without the: benefit of the full report, hard to say for sure, but it sounds like they are describing three findings: a benign calcification of no concern, and two partially visualized masses measuring 0.7 and 1cm. It is probable that the partially obscured masses will need additional evaluation with specialized mammographic views and possibly ultrasound. ...Read more

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What could cilateral vascular calcification seen on mammogram mean?

Vascular : calcifications on a mammogram are benign in terms of breast cancer detection. However, in a young woman, it could be a sign of diabetes or other condition causing early atherosclerosis. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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