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What does it usually mean when dense spots are found in a mammogram?

What does it usually mean when dense spots are found in a mammogram?

Depends: Breast density on a mammogram can have a lot of meanings. It is a normal and natural finding in younger women, and does not have much meaning. Density can make the mammogram more difficult for the radiologist to read, and they may recommend other tests too, such as an ultrasound. A new density, when comparing a past mammogram to a new one, may mean further evaluation is needed. ...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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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 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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When they say dense breasts, do mammogram techs mean fat?

No-opposite: Typically it means there is not as much fat. As we age and have less estrogen the breasts get fatty replaced which makes them not as dense and easier to see abnormalities on the mammogram. ...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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I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

I had a screening mammogram an it came back negative but report says heterogeneously dense breast, what does this mean and how accurate are the result?

Dense breasts: "Dense" breasts are normal, but decrease the sensitivity of the mammo for detecting cancers. Some studies show that the sensitivity of mammography in this setting can decrease to as low as 50%. Also, dense breasts are an independent risk factor for developing breast cancer, and cancers discovered in women with dense breasts tend to be more advanced. ...Read more

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Breast heaviness, left breast only. Painful exam. Mammogram 2 small areas dense. Does this mean cancer? Started period at 9, stopped at 56. I am 57

Biopsy: We won't know until after the biopsy, if your breast surgeon recommends one. Some things are followed on ultrasound. Please don't hesitate to follow up with your physician, even if anxious and scared, because breast cancer has a much better prognosis these days with better treatments. They may want an ultrasound and an MRI, although all were neg on one patient I am aware of. ...Read more

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3 to 4 small white spots on mammogram have has assessment had triple assessment waiting on biopsy result tomorrow what can I expect?

3 to 4 small white spots on mammogram have has assessment had triple assessment waiting on biopsy result tomorrow what can I expect?

Not sure I: entirely understand...you had biopsies of 3 areas? Impossible to tell how suspicious the lesions were based on limited description. Overall, about 75-80% of needle biopsies come back benign. Unfortunately, at this point all you can do is wait for the results. ...Read more

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What are chances of spot in mammogram being cancer?

What are chances of spot in mammogram being cancer?

CHECK BIRADS: Radiologists have adopted a common language to describe mammographic abnormalities, called the birads system (you will see this on your report). A birads 3 abn has a 0.5% risk and is closely watched. A birads 4 (15-30%) or 5 (50-75%) abn should be biopsied to determine if it's a cancer. Birads 0 means that further eval is needed (ultrasound, comparison to prior mamms, etc). I hope this helps! ...Read more

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