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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 an ultrasound because my mammogram found cysts. What that overtesting?

I had an ultrasound because my mammogram found cysts. What that overtesting?

Not overtesting: Mammography cannot determine if a nodule or nodular density is a solid mass or a cyst. Ultrasound is necessary to make that distinction. ...Read more

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Why don't cysts show up on a mammogram?

Why don't cysts show up on a mammogram?

Cysts do show up ...: Cysts very commonly get detected by mammography. These are benign fluid-filled masses that can appear in breast tissue. On mammogram cyst appears as a round, oval, or lobulated mass with circumscribed margins. However, cyst margins may be obscured on and can't be reliably diagnosed with mammogram alone and further evaluation with spot-compression mammographic views and ultrasound is necessary. ...Read more

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Do i have to go back in 6 months if a cyst shows up on my mammogram?

Maybe: If a cyst shows up on mammogram and nothing is suggested but repeat films the interpretation is benign. Using a sonogram, the cyst fluid should be defined and aspiration performed. If the fluid is then removed a repeat mammogram in 1 year is fine. If fluid cant be aspirated then a follow up should probably be performed and the cyst is found to be larger or has resolved. ...Read more

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What good is a mammogram if ultrasounds find more abnormalities? Such as cysts, etc.

What good is a mammogram if ultrasounds find more abnormalities?  Such as cysts, etc.

They don't: Screening mammography finds many more breast cancers than ultrasound. Ultrasound will not see calcifications which seen easily on mammograms and are often due to the earliest form of breast cancer. Ultrasound is used primarily to tell if a lump is a simple cyst (in which case it is safe to ignore it) or a solid mass ( in which case it may need to be biopsied to prove that it is not cancer.). ...Read more

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How long can a cluster of cysts stay in the breast? I have had mine for 1.5 years. 3 mammograms & 1 u/s done already & no change in size.

How long can a cluster of cysts stay in the breast? I have had mine for 1.5 years. 3 mammograms & 1 u/s done already & no change in size.

Keep up with mammos: Stable cysts and lumps suggest a good prognosis. If not enlarging or if the cluster of calcifications is not suspicious, careful follow-up is the way to go.. They may never go away. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram and ultrasound recently the outcome was negative but dense (cyst) breast. Should i be concern?

I had a mammogram and ultrasound  recently  the outcome was negative  but dense (cyst) breast. Should i be concern?

See Breast surgeon: Fibrocystic or dense breasts are common in women. If strong family history or positive brca gene then close monitoring and follow-up examinations will be required. Otherwise continue with yearly mammogram/ultrasound. See your breast surgeon if any concerns. ...Read more

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I have fibrocyctic breast beign cysts all my life can they turn into cancer? I get mammograms every year.

No: Fibrocystic change doesn't increase your risk. If you examine the breast closely, somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have these changes at some time. There are some other proliferative changes that put you at some extra risk, but what you're describing isn't worrisome. I hope you also do self-exam. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more