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Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Mammogram results show focal densities in medial aspect of the anterior 3rd of the left breast?

Focal densities: A "density" is a very generic term. There are normal and abnormal densities in the breast. Was this reported on a screening mammo, and were additional views recommended? If so, it is likely that they are potential abnormalities that need additional views for clarification. The majority of these turn out to be nothing, but you need to have the extra views to be sure. ...Read more

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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66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

66 years old, mammogram shows tiny subcentimeter density within the right retroareolar breast on cc view. What does this mean?

Abnormal Mammogram: A density or "spot" on a m'gram requires further evaluation, which may include reviewing prior m'gram's, a diagnostic m'gram, and/or an ultrasound. This closer look will allow us to categorize this as "probably benign" (requiring 6 month follow-up) or "suspicious" (requiring a biopsy). Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Mammogram showed "scattered fibroglandular densities." What does that mean? I am 71 years old. No family history of breast cancer.

Mammogram showed "scattered fibroglandular densities." What does that mean? I am 71 years old. No family history of breast cancer.

Breast composition: The breast is made up of fibrous, fat and glandular tissue normally. As aging progresses, the fat tends to diminish and the other two tissues become more prominent. If there were no known suspicious densities noted (lumps) then this report may be normal. Ask your MD who ordered the test, and by the way, most breast cancers today have no family history of the same. ...Read more

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Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Mammograms shows increase in nodular density left breast. The radiologist can't see. Need spot test and ultrasound help?

Advice follow up: You need to follow through with the advice given by the radiologist, as nodular and dense breasts are often hard to "see through". ...Read more

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What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does new asymmetrical density findings on a mammogram report mean?

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 more

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What do the findings of "scattered fibroglandular densities" from a mammogram mean?

What do the findings of "scattered fibroglandular densities" from a mammogram mean?

Less dense breasts: There are different levels of density, or thickness, of breast tissue. Scattered fibroglandular densities means that your breasts are not dense. It will be easier to see any abnormalities on your images. ...Read more

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Please answer: what means ill marginated focal asymmetry of low density in mammogram? Should I be worry?

Please answer: what means ill marginated focal asymmetry of low density in mammogram? Should I be worry?

Probably not.: A focal asymmetry is one that is seen in 2 views on a mammogram (the top down view and the side to side). "low density" means if is more likely to be benign (not malignant). But it must be further evaluated with additional mammographic views, ultrasound and rarely MRI may be required. A six month follow up mammogram may be recommended if the work up determines that it is 97% likely to be benign. ...Read more

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I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

NO but: You should see your doctor regularly, get annual mammography (in spite of controversy is the best monitoring tool along with self examination) Your condition currently is benign condition ...Read more

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Normal mammogram. Report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density? Dr said u/s not needed. Is there different levels of density?

Yes: There are different patterns of abnormality on a mammogram--some of which are worrisome, some are not. Some abnormalities can show up on an ultrasound, some can't. An ultrasound is best used to further evaluate specific abnormalities to help ascertain whether a biopsy is needed, but it is not a good screening tool. ...Read more

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Will weight loss cause a change in focal density on a mammogram?

Will weight loss cause a change in focal density on a mammogram?

Usually not: Losing weight can reduce the overall fat content of the breast tissue but this will cause a generalized increase in breast density that should be seen on both sides. ...Read more

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Mammogram showed abnormality. Was told due to density unsure if cyst or mass. Repeat testing in 6 months. Is this normal protocol?

Mammogram showed abnormality. Was told due to density unsure if cyst or mass. Repeat testing in 6 months. Is this normal protocol?

A step is missing: I think. If a mammogram reveals a density, it is important to determine where it is solid or cystic. A solid mass is more suspicious for cancer. That question can often be answered by performing an ultrasound exam. You don't give your age (perhaps waiting for this more acceptable in very young) but I would like the question of cyst vs solid clarified. Consider asking for ultrasound now. Stay well! ...Read more

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I had a mammogram exam and the findings say, Moderate parenchymal density is seen in both breasts. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?

I had a mammogram exam and the findings say, Moderate parenchymal density is seen in both breasts. What does that mean? Should I be concerned?

No concern needed: It simply means that your breasts are "thick" with tissue and moderately hard to "see" on mammogram. A word of caution however, because of your post menopausal age of 63, if the MD reading your future mammogram report indicates that it is very difficult to see through them to provide an adequate negative examination, please follow up with the additional recommended testing. ...Read more

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Just had mammogram and have a nodular density requiring further investigation. Can this be cancer?

Yes,: But at least 80% of mammo recalls turn out to be nothing of concern, and of the remainder that might go to biopsy, 70-80% of those turn out benign. The odds are strongly in your favor. It is common (approx 10% of the time) to get called back for additional imaging due to a questionable abnormality on screening. ...Read more

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my mother had a mammogram and they want a follow up. They said hers was too foggy and the density was too high as a result? What does it mean? Danger?

my mother had a mammogram and they want a follow up. They said hers was too foggy and the density was too high as a result? What does it mean? Danger?

Not necessarily: The mammogram was, in all likelihood, technically unsatisfactory for interpretation. Some women have dense breasts and may require an additional approach. The need for follow-up is not a danger sign. ...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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I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?

I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?

Confusing: Dense breasts can make it hard to find cancer on mammogram. There is reason to think that people who have dense breasts should have mris instead.

Fatty breasts, however, are not dense, and are easily imaged on mammogram. ...Read more

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My mammogram had irregular high density with indistinct margins at 1oclock...Having soreness also in the same breast (left) soreness has now spread?

Was the density: Seen on a screening mammogram? You will probably need extra views and maybe an ultrasound. Most of the time this turns out to be nothing of concern. ...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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My mammogram birad is 0 with asymmetrical increased density in my right breast. Does this mean cancer?

My mammogram birad is 0 with asymmetrical increased density in my right breast. Does this mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Birads categories are just a shorthand way of communicating. Zero means test results are not certain, and you need another test to find out what's going on. You may need a close up mammogram, ultrasound, or maybe even a biopsy. In my experience, about 80% of the time it turns out to be something benign. Do follow up about it to be sure. ...Read more

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53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

53 yrs old. Recent digital mammogram informed I have dense breast tissue, negative for ca. Should the results be trusted because of density.

Probably: If you have no added risk factors such as a history of brca gene positive, strong family history, prior breast cancer, palpable mass etc. Then all you need is annual breast exam/mammogram. Added risk factors may indicate need for MRI and, in that case, you may want to discuss this concept with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have two lumps in my left breast and they are not showing on u/s or mammogram. I have scattered fibroglandular density. Can abnormalities hide?

The combination of: Mammography and ultrasound is very sensitive for detecting palpable cancers. It is highly unlikely that your palpable regions are cancer. However, the sensitivity is not 100%, so it is important to follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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I was told no ultra sound needed for breast density this time my density is gone. Is this possible. I have had ultrasound & mammogram for several yr?

I was told no ultra sound needed for breast density this time my density is gone. Is this possible. I have had ultrasound & mammogram for several yr?

If you are referring: To screening ultrasound in the setting of mammographically dense breasts, it is certainly possible that breasts can become less dense for various reasons (e.g. hormonal changes, aging, weight gain), and if they are no longer categorized as "dense", then the adjunct screening ultrasound would no longer be indicated. ...Read more

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: Is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www. Breastdensity. Info/ ...Read more

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Mammogram: ill marginated focal asymetry of low density in left axilary tail. Sonogram:2 lipomas not correlated to mammogram findings. Doc send me to surgeon, what should I expect? I'm scared!

See breast doctor: A breast surgeon will put all the pieces together to get the definitive answer or recommend a biopsy. He/She will get a history, perform breast exam and look at your films. If a biopsy is needed, make sure it is a needle biopsy and NOT a surgical biopsy. Just because you are seeing a surgeon, does not mean you need surgery. Good luck!! ...Read more

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What can mammograms show besides tumor?

What can mammograms show besides tumor?

Many things: A mammogram can show normal breast tissue for most people. It can show many benign changes such as fluid filled cysts, calcifications, fibroadenomas. Dilated ducts and dense tissue. These benign changes are far more common than breast cancer. ...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?

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