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I did a mammogram and was called back severally for a follow-up mamogram. Does it mean I have cancer? I am really scared.

I did a mammogram and was called back severally for a follow-up mamogram.  Does it mean I have cancer?  I am really scared.

Not exactly: It just means they see some irregularity and want to get some compression views. If additional imaging shows an abnormality, an ultrasound may be done. This is a lot more common given digital mammography. We are seeing a lot more detail and a lot of the time it is benign. Hope this helps. ...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 had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

I had my first mammogram and they called me back for an ultrasound. What could be the reason?

Very common: Ultrasound is often used to evaluate densities seen on a mammogram. Most often a round density on a mammogram is a benign cyst or benign breast tumor called a fibroadenoma. If the ultrasound suggests an alternative diagnosis it can be used to guide biopsy. Basically it is a second test used to provide additional information. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when they call you back for another mammogram?

What exactly does it mean when they call you back for another mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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I recently had a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. Assyterim density. Recently 9 months out bariatric. 70 pounds lost?

I recently had  a mammogram done. I got a call back to come in for a ultrasound. 
Assyterim density.  Recently 9 months out bariatric.  70 pounds lost?

Weight loss: can cause mammographic changes due to fat loss and resultant relative increase in breast density. What did the ultrasound show? If it cannot be determined whether the mammographic changes are due to weight loss, additional imaging with MRI or needle biopsy may be necessary to completely evaluate the asymmetry. Mammographic developing asymmetries have about a 10% chance of malignancy. ...Read more

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At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

At today's mammogram, the tech mentioned I had high density in my breast and not to be surprised if I get a call to come back. Should I be concerned?

Common finding: Women in their 30s and 40s tend to have denser breast tissue. As such, it makes it more challenging for the radiologists to interpret. Often times, women are asked to come back so they can take more views and make sure they are not overlooking anything. It is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

Is it likely that this is breast cancer if they call you back for x-rays after a mammogram?

No....: It is more likely that you are fine. Depending on the center you are seen at, recall rates vary from 1 in 20 to 1 in 10. Of those recalled, approximately 15% will need biopsy and of those biopsied 20% will be cancer. These numbers are from research studies and may not reflect the performance of your local mammography center. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

No just follow-up: You had a screening mammogram. This test is designed to determine if your mammogram is normal or abnormal. An abnormal mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have a fibroadenoma, a breast cyst or other benign breast condition which are much more common than breast cancer. The next step if the screening mammogram is abnormal is to perform a diagnostic mammogram of the area. ...Read more

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Hello!if there is an abnormal.Finding in a mammogram..Will they call u rigjt away?Soon?Or will still have to.Wait for v results inthe mail?

Hello!if there is an abnormal.Finding in a mammogram..Will they call u rigjt away?Soon?Or will still have to.Wait for v results inthe mail?

Mammo results: If there is an abnormality they should call you within a few days, but if you are worried you don't have to wait...call your doctor's office and ask about the results. ...Read more

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