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Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.

Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.

Check with your Doc: A mammogram is a screening tool & an ultrasound and magnified views of a breast area would have given the radiologist more information. If no concerning areas are found, your doc has to correlate your risk factors with your clinical exam to decide if a repeat in 6 months is appropriate. Do this first & if still concerned, then feel free to seek a second opinion. Take good care of yourself. ...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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My mother 61 was operated for breast conservation surgery followed by chemo and radiation. How often should she get repeat mammograms?

My mother 61 was operated for breast conservation surgery followed by chemo and radiation. How often should she get repeat mammograms?

Annually: Often one or more mammograms are done on a 6 month interval on the affected/operated side until one is satisfied that a stable scar has been established. Beyond that, annual mammography remains the interval of standard on both the affected and non-affected side. ...Read more

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Left breast lump found on BSE; had mammogram followed by U/S. Complex cyst w/debri (5mm) identified. Told to have repeat mammogram in 1 year but how do I know for sure the "debri" isn't worrisome? Should I get 2nd opinion or request biopsy?

Left breast lump found on BSE; had mammogram followed by U/S. Complex cyst w/debri (5mm) identified. Told to have repeat mammogram in 1 year but how do I know for sure the "debri" isn't worrisome? Should I get 2nd opinion or request biopsy?

Breast cyst.: Given that your age does put you at risk for breast cancer, unfortunately, with or without a family history of such, a second opinion wouldn't hurt. Complex cysts are a bit more worrisome than simple cysts as they have some contents. I wouldn't panic right now, but a second opinion or a breast MRI wouldn't be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Had mammogram and was re-scheduled in a a couple of months for repeat of just nipple. What would this mean?

Had mammogram and was re-scheduled in a a couple of months for repeat of just nipple. What would this mean?

Ask your doc: Not sure. If they were recommending extra views based on the screening mammo, usually those are scheduled within a few days. If they are recommending short interval follow up of a probably benign finding, usually that is 6 months. Best bet is to discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Large lump under armpit skin. Had mammogram 9mo ago. Should I repeat?

Large lump under armpit skin. Had mammogram 9mo ago. Should I repeat?

Not necessarily: A better step would be to figure out what the lump is. An evalaution by your doctor could help sort this out. An us of the lump may be a better place to start. ...Read more

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Mammogram indicates bi-rads 3, and being followed every 6 months due to fibrocystic breasts. Do you have to repeat ultrasound also?

It depends.: The 6 month follow up recommendation could mean mammogram or mammogram/ultrasound. The report should specify. Either one could conceivably be appropriate depending on the circumstances. If the lesion was seen on ultrasound, chances are ultrasound will also be done as follow up. ...Read more

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Mammogram for breast tenderness results were benign gynecomastia. Received letter today saying it's time for six month repeat test. Is this normal?

Mammogram for breast tenderness results were benign gynecomastia.  Received letter today saying it's time for six month repeat test.  Is this normal?

The prior: mammogram report likely recommended a 6 month follow up to monitor stability. This is not unusual. However, if you think it is a mistake, call your doctor and check before having the mammo. It may not be necessary to monitor gynecomastia with serial mammograms. ...Read more

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Are mammograms painful?

Are mammograms painful?

Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read more

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