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A friend told me her routine mammogram was abnormal. What does this mean and what should someone do if she receives this type of report?
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
On vacation right now but received a report on mammogram done four days ago. It stated I had abnormal lymph nodes on left ancillary nodes and calcifi?
Follow up: obviously, you will need follow up. This is always the hardest, having to wait to get the final answers. Calcium can be an indicator of blood vessels or tumors. both benign or malignant. Lymph nodes can be swollen for infection or tumors. You will need to contact your doctor to see if you need more xrays or biopsy. You should contact your doctor for appropriate follow up ...Read more
A mammogram showed a grape sized white area. The mammogram was redone and the white area is gone, butthere are white irregular vein type shapes spread out. Is itokay?
Should biopsy.: Radiologists categorize abnormalities on mammograms based upon the probabibility of them being cancerous. A birads-4 abnormality has a 15-30% chance of being cancerous, therefore it is best to proceed with biopsy. This biopsy can almost always be performed non-surgically, either using x-rays or an ultrasound to guide the needle into the appropriate area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Most likely normal.: While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect. Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Needs Further Eval: Asymmetry implies that there may be an underlying tumor where the breast tissue is more prominent. The next step is to get a diagnostic mammogram +/- ultrasound to see if this is just a "shadow" or an abnormality that warrants a biopsy (these turn out to be shadows most of the time). Please discuss this further with the doctor that ordered your mammogram. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are: Mammograms are analog and digital. Analog is the older way by processing films. Digital is the newer way in which the processing is done digitally by computers. Many mammography facilities have converted to digital. There are however, still some which offer the analog mammograms. Either way it is best for womwen to follow american cancer society's recommendation for yearly screening after age 40. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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