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Dr. Creighton Wright
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I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast.No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts.Should i get worried?

I have few scattered calcific foci in bilateral breast.No other focal lesion seen in mammogram of both breasts.Should i get worried?

Concerned: And follow-up. To be calcified, these have existed for a while. Self and professional exams are important, along with excellent mammograms. Your gyn and / or breast specialist will follow with you. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Michael Gabor
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After a mammogram i was recalled i had a further 6 mammograms and was told i had calcification ?

After a mammogram i was recalled i had a further 6 mammograms and was told i had calcification  ?

Calcifications: There are many causes of breast calcification, most of them benign. Howver, some cancers can cause calcifications. Radiologists determine the level of suspicion, if any, by the size, shape, and distribution of the calcifications. Follow up with your doctor to determine whether these calcifications need to be biopsied, or can safely be ignored , or need to be followed up. ...Read more

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Dr. Regina Hampton
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My wife had a mammogram over a year ago. Had small calcification. Now has grown through skin draining smelly fluid. She won't go to dr. What is it?

My wife had a mammogram over a year ago. Had small calcification. Now has grown through skin draining smelly fluid. She won't go to dr. What is it?

Need a Doctor: This sounds serious. Maybe you can enlist another family member or close friend to help convince her to see a doctor or go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Holzman
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My mammogram shows clustered pleomorphic calcification should I be worried ?

Be concerned!: By your description a biopsy would be indicated. This can be performed with ultrasound guidance if there are findings by u/s in the region, or if not, with stereotactic guidance. These can easily be performed by a radiologist skilled in these procedures, or by a breast surgeon. This should be done as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Mammogram report:benign appearing calcification are present on the left.2 obscured masses are seeing 0.7 and 1.0cm.is the rprt describing dif finding?

Mammogram report:benign appearing calcification are present on the left.2 obscured masses are seeing 0.7 and 1.0cm.is the rprt describing dif finding?

Without the: benefit of the full report, hard to say for sure, but it sounds like they are describing three findings: a benign calcification of no concern, and two partially visualized masses measuring 0.7 and 1cm. It is probable that the partially obscured masses will need additional evaluation with specialized mammographic views and possibly ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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What could cilateral vascular calcification seen on mammogram mean?

Vascular : calcifications on a mammogram are benign in terms of breast cancer detection. However, in a young woman, it could be a sign of diabetes or other condition causing early atherosclerosis. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Details mammogram result word for word wife just had a mammogram which reads: a moderately dense stromal pattern is noted. Occassional benign type calcifications noted. No suspicious microcalcifications, architectural distortion or dominant mass. No skin

OK: Above wordings on a mammogram indicate that the radiologist did not identify any sucious findings on this mammogram. Usually they assign a category number. If they assigned a category 1 or 2 then she can repeat her mammogram in one year. But please clarify the findings with your health care provider. Please also realize that even with a normal mammogram a clinical breast exam is also avisable. Some clinical fndings may not be seen on the mammogram. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Vaziri
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Suspicious clusters of pleomorphic calcifications found on one breast only during mammogram?

Needs biopsy: Suspicious cluster opleomorphic microcalcifications on mgram may be due to breast cancer. Therefore you need to undergo a biopsy. Usually they sggest a stereotactic biopsy which is a type od percutaneous needle biopsy n a special x-ray table. Please follow with a breast carer specialist or a radiologist experien in this procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Sean Canale
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Is it normal to have a second mammogram if you have calcifications?

Is it normal to have a second mammogram if you have calcifications?

Yes: Calcs are a very common usually benign mmg finding. Additional views help to characterize the calcifications by their appearance (i.e. Pleomorphic, crushed stone, punctate, etc) which is easier with higher magnfication and compression to smooth out surrounding tissue. Comparing to previous studies helps detect change over time. If they appear benign and there are no priors, a short repeat is ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but i'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but i'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

Calcifications: Are tiny calcium deposits in the breast. There are multiple causes, most of them benign. Most of the calcifications that show up on mammography are of no concern. Some will require follow up or biopsy. Based on their size, shape, and distribution, the radiologist will be able to determine how the calcifications should be handled. ...Read more

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