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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

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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If a doctor put on a paper for test pain in both breast, fullness right moer than left what do that mean to me it's on for mammogram screening.

If a doctor put on a paper for test pain in both breast, fullness right moer than left what do that mean to me it's on for mammogram screening.

Not sure: If there are abnormalities on the physical exam, sounds like it should be a diagnostic mammo rather than a screening. ...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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What does a shadow on a mammogram mean?

What does a shadow on a mammogram mean?

Mammogram: Anything above the density of fat, including normal fibroglandular breast tissue, shows up as a "shadow" on a mammogram. The shape and the margins of the shadow are among the features of the shadow that determine if it is suspicious and/or requires additional evaluation. ...Read more

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What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

What does "suspicious" mean on a mammogram report?

Should biopsy.: Radiologists categorize abnormalities on mammograms based upon the probabibility of them being cancerous. A birads-4 abnormality has a 15-30% chance of being cancerous, therefore it is best to proceed with biopsy. This biopsy can almost always be performed non-surgically, either using x-rays or an ultrasound to guide the needle into the appropriate area. ...Read more

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What does asymmetrical findings on a mammogram report mean?

What does asymmetrical 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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Dx z12.13 on. Mammo script mean is this Dx for a routine mammogram?

Yes and No: Yes, whoever wrote the prescription likely meant it for breast cancer screening. No, that diagnosis code is not for breast cancer screening. The code for breast cancer screening is Z12.31, not Z12.13. ...Read more

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What could 'additional testing needed' mean after a routine mammogram?

More detail.: That usually means that the Radiologist is not comfortable enough with the routine views obtained in the standard mammogram, whatever that may mean. It does not guarantee cancer, so don't worry about that right now. The Radiologist would usually call you back for additional images - a more comprehensive mammogram - or maybe a breast ultrasound or MRI (depending on family history of breast cancer) ...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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On my mammogram it said an assymetry was at a middle depth. What does that mean?

Area of concern: Asymmetry refers to an area of abnormal density noted by the radiologist on the mammogram. Middle depth refers to the location and the depth of this density (or shaddow) from the skin to the back of the breast or the chest wall. If above description was on your mammogram please follow through with the instructions of the radiologist or your health care provider. There might be need for additional evalaution and possibly a biopsy. ...Read more

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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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What does it mean if mammogram tech asks if you had change in weight since your last mammogram?

Xray density: If there has been a gain in weight, the breast will have more fatty tissue to "look through" with the mammogram. If a weight loss, there is sometimes more fibrous tissue increasing the density. Comparisons of two or more previous mammograms make it easier to spot changes and possible tumors. ...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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If mammograms been normal for past 2 years should I have one done this year? Also how often should I test? I’m 40.

If mammograms been normal for past 2 years should I have one done this year? Also how often should I test? I’m 40.

Depends: Answer depends on your risk factors for breast cancer and you family history
if low risk and no family history you can have mammogram every 2 years between age 40-50 and then annually ...Read more

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What does it mean that I got insulted when a mammogram tech asked if I gained weight since last mammogram and then she hurt me?

Change on mammogram: The technologist may have asked because of a change in appearance of the breasts on the mammogram. Sometimes, adipose tissue is deposited in the breasts as one gains weight and the breasts look larger compared with the prior study. ...Read more

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A friend told me her routine mammogram was abnormal. What does this mean and what should someone do if she receives this type of report?

A friend told me her routine mammogram was abnormal. What does this mean and what should someone do if she receives this type of report?

Have your friend: Discuss it with her doctor who has the test results and can best explain it. What was the birad score? ...Read more

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What does this mammogram result mean if dense?

What does this mammogram result mean if dense?

Dense breasts: "Dense" breasts are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Breasts are dense when there is a increase in normal fibroglandular stroma relative to breast fat. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when they call you back for another mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

What does it mean when they call you back for another diagnostic mammogram?

Additional mammo: It means there is a possible abnormality present, but additional mammographic views are necessary to determine whether there is in fact an abnormality, or to better characterize an abnormality. Many times the additional mammo views show that there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What does it mean if there are 6 dense areas on a mammogram, but none on the next mammogram 3 days later?

What does it mean if there are 6 dense areas on a mammogram, but none on the next mammogram 3 days later?

Mammo densities: Sounds like you had several questionable areas on a screening mammo, came back for special diagnostic views for further evaluation, and it was determined that it represented normal tissue. This is a common scenario. Sometimes pockets of normal breast tissue randomly get superimposed on one another on the mammo, making it look like an abnormality might be there. The extra views clear it up. ...Read more

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I'm 49, had yearly mammograms since 35. Today 1st time told. They were dense. Should I ask for more tests?

I'm 49, had yearly mammograms since 35. Today 1st time told. They were dense. Should I ask for more tests?

Likely not: Likely not. If the radiologist saw something suspicious on he mammogram they would have asked you to do extra mammogram imaging. The report will give a birads number. Birads 1 and 2 are normal. Birads 3 and above are concerning. If you have concerns then I suggest talking to your doctor! ...Read more

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I just had a mammogram. I am only 41. Technician saw micro calcifications. Am I too young to have this? Will I need to go back in 6 months if benign

Breast: Calcifications are common and have many causes, most benign. It is not appropriate for the technologist to comment on findings like microcalcifications. Depending on the number, size, shape, and distribution of the calcs (likely following additional magnification views), the radiologist will determine whether they are benign and can be ignored, need short interval followup, or need biopsy. ...Read more

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Does a shadow on a mammogram mean cancer?

Does a shadow on a mammogram mean cancer?

Mammogram: A shadow doesn't absolutely mean or suggest cancer. The radiologist is trained to pick up subtle variations seen on mammogram and will suggest biopsy if the area is concerning enough. Speak with your doctor as well as the radiologist and see what they suggest. ...Read more

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Can a mammogram show whether a lump is benign?

Can a mammogram show whether a lump is benign?

Sometimes: Some masses have specific characteristics on mammo that enable the radiologist to make the diagnosis of a benign lesion, without biopsy. These include: hamartoma, oil cyst, calcified fibroadenoma, fat necrosis, lymph node, calcified cyst. For most other lumps, further imaging, follow up, or biopsy are likely needed. ...Read more