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What Does Breast Cancer Look Like On Mammogram
Variable appearance: On a mammogram cancer can look like a white irregular density or can appear as small specks of calcium (microcalcifications) clumped in a particular pattern. Sometimes cancers show both features. It is important to remember that not all densities or microcalcifications seen on mammography are cancer. Only a biopsy can confirm that cancer is present. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Quite variable: Breast cancer can appear as a spiculated mass, cluster of tiny calcifications, smoothly marginated mass, area of subtle distortion or be invisible on mammogram. Some tumors are only seen on ultrasound and a few are only felt by you or your doctor. The point is that the appearance of tumors on mammogram is quite variable. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bright: Pet scans take advantage of the thought that most caners are more metabolically active than the normal tissues around them. This makes the cancers show up as "hot" or "bright" on pet imaging. There are other areas that are "bright" normally as well, like brain and to some extent liver. However, when using pet for breast cancer staging one is looking to see if there are unexpected bright areas. ...Read more
Increased densities: Liver cancer can look like single or multiple nodules of increased density on the ultrasound. However, ultrasound is not the best, nor is it the final test in the diagnosis of liver cancer. A ct scan with and without contrast or an MRI scan give better visualization. By ultrasound, it is sometimes difficult to differentiate a hemangioma (a benign lesion) from a liver cancer. ...Read more
It varies: It can be a mass, or unusual calcifications, or an unusual "infiltrate" on a chest x-ray. In other words, it can have many different appearances. A chest x-ray is a great tool, but it takes skill to interpret. I do not recommend you try to interpret your films, but your doc can review it with you to give insights. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mass or cystic mass: Ultrasound, done though the abdominal wall and transvaginally is used to examine the size shape and other characteristics of ovaries. Cancer may present as a mass in the ovary or a cyst or a combination of the two. Definitive diagnosis requires examination of suspect tissue by a pathologist. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/ovarian-cancer/ds00293. ...Read more
See an expert: For skin cancer diagnosis. Just looking at a lesion can let many experienced dermatologists or plastic surgeons make a "probable" diagnosis, but biopsy and microscopic verification is needed to be sure. Not only that, but complete removal is determined by microscopically checking the edges, and then expert reconstruction or skin closure in layers by a plastic surgeon will leave the least scarring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Something different: Women who find their breast cancers say they felt something "different". Sometimes it's hard, like a little pebble. Or it's a rubbery lump that's new. Normal breasts can be very lumpy, which is why it's important to get to know what your breasts feel like by examining them regularly yourself. If you feel anything that concerns you, go see your doctor! don't be afraid. Breast cancer is curable! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Painless mass ornone: Proper screening with self breast exams looking for new lumps, breast exams by your physician looking for skin or nipple chanes as well as masses or lymph nodes, and mammogram and ultrasound if needed are the best ways to pick up early stage breast cancer before it causes any symptoms. Once advanced it can cause many different symptoms throughout the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: There are a number of different types of breast cancers and they can have different appearences including a generalized inflamation of the breast -- like a bad rash or sunburn. If the pimple is limited to the skin and not connected to a deeper mass it is unlikely to be anything other than just a pimple. How big is this pimple? If it does not resolve in a week or 2 have an md look at it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Tumor: The word tumor means a growth. There are benign tumors and cancerous tumors. Benign breast tumors can be a fluid cyst or a firm solid rounded fibroadenoma. Cancerous breast tumors are firm and irregular and look abnormal on mammogram and breast ultrasound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Most breast cancers are carcinomas. This is a type of breast cancer. These cancers start in the cells that line organs and tissues. In fact, breast cancers are often a type of carcinoma called adenocarcinoma, which starts in cells that make glands (glandular tissue). Breast adenocarcinomas start in the ducts (the milk ducts) or ...Read more
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