Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Does Benign Mean From A Mammogram Test

Share
1

1
Had a benign mammogram and cancer blood test was negative, what does this mean?

Had a benign mammogram and cancer blood test was negative, what does this mean?

Not exactly sure: what the question is asking. It means there are no signs of cancer. Mammography is about 80% sensitive at detecting breast cancers. I'm not sure of what blood test you mean. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Barry Rosen
622 doctors shared insights

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


2

2
What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?

Most likely normal.: While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect. Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
On a mammogram what does stable right breast nodule consistent with benign etiology (BR-RADS 2 Benign) mean?

On a mammogram what does stable right breast nodule consistent with benign etiology (BR-RADS 2 Benign) mean?

BR-Rads 2: BI-RADS 2 means that your mammogram was normal (ie, no cancer), but other findings (eg, cysts) are described in the report. You should continue your routine screening. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
5

5
What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram? I have very dense breasts.

What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram?  I have very dense breasts.

No abnormality: It generally means that the original appearance on the screening mammogram was due to a coincidental overlapping of normal breast structures, causing the false appearance of a possible abnormality. On the diagnostic images,the overlapping structures spread out and look normal again, proving that the original "abnormality" was not real. A true mass would not flatten or spread out on the diag mammo ...Read more

6

6
Mom is 43+ years old, got her mammogram done recently. Results showed right breast is negative and left Benign. What does this mean is it of normal?

Mom is 43+ years old, got her mammogram done recently. Results showed right breast is negative and left Benign. What does this mean is it of normal?

Findings: I'm guessing based on the info you are giving that the left side has benign changes. This means things seen that can be classified as either suspicious or benign. Benign findings usually means the radiologist doubts its of concern, but wants another mammogram in a year to confirm stability. ...Read more

8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?

Loved one's bone scan points to possible metastatic cancer, but all blood tests and mammogram are negative for cancer. Any ideas on what it could mean?

Positive bone scan: A bone scan is performed following the injection of isotope, usually technetium 99m mdp. This radiotracer is accumulated in the skeleton. There can be areas of increased, decreased and normal uptake of the radiopharmaceutical. Bone scan is very sensitive for detecting lesions but not specific. Fractures, infection, arthritis, and tumors can be detected. Correlation with other imaging is necessary. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers