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Normal mammogram.report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density ? Dr said u/s not needed.is there different levels of density ?

Normal mammogram.report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density ? Dr said u/s not needed.is there different levels of density ?

Yes: There are different patterns of abnormality on a mammogram--some of which are worrisome, some are not. Some abnormalities can show up on an ultrasound, some can't. An ultrasound is best used to further evaluate specific abnormalities to help ascertain whether a biopsy is needed, but it is not a good screening tool. ...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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Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my right side and radiologist said i need more tests as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my  right side and radiologist said i need more tests  as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Follow the advice : Since the mammography results are not available for review, following the advice of your radiologist would be the best choice. Most changes, but not all, are benign. ...Read more

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After two years and 3 mammograms I finally had the lump biopsed and was told the lump was a blood clot ?

After two years and 3 mammograms I finally had the lump biopsed and was told the lump was a blood clot ?

False positive: mammograms are seen frequently. As with any diagnostic test, it is not 100% accurate. With any persistent mammogram findings, biopsy is the best way to tell for sure what the abnormality really is. ...Read more

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I have pain in the same spot for two years now in my right breast. I have had two mammograms and one ulta sound and was told it was normal. ?

I have pain in the same spot for two years now in my right breast. I have had two mammograms and one ulta sound and was told it was normal.  ?

Mastalgia: or breast pain may be due to multiple factors: hormonal fluctuations, tight fitting or pushup bras, inflammation, irritation, or manipulation just for starters. 2 years is quite a long time and I suggest hormone testing and a second opinion. ...Read more

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I had a mammogram two months ago since then I have had a sharp pain on the inside of my left breast(now it's more dull). They are slightly lumpy.?

I had a mammogram two months ago since then I have had a sharp pain on the inside of my left breast(now it's more dull). They are slightly lumpy.?

Place call to doctor: I would go over this on the phone with your doctor. He/she will probably review the mamogram first..Then ask you some questions about your breast...Ie does it hurt when you touch it, move it a certain way, etc. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have a mammogram if i might be a few days pregnant? Had one two days ago but, trying to conceive & the few days b4 mammogram were trying

Is it safe to have a mammogram if i might be a few days pregnant? Had one two days ago but, trying to conceive & the few days b4 mammogram were trying

Yes: From the American Association of Physicists in Medicine(aapm.org): "It is safe to have a mammogram while pregnant. The radiation dose received by the fetus is estimated to be extremely small - 60 times less than the dose received by the patient from one month of background radiation." ...Read more

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I have a painful, golf ball sized mass in my upper right breast. I have not had a mammogram in two years. Who should I call first?

Your PCP: Start with your primary care provider. S/he should be able to evaluate the lesions and may prescribe treatment if it could be infection, and then decide on the course of action. ...Read more

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I have two lumps in my left breast and they are not showing on u/s or mammogram. I have scattered fibroglandular density. Can abnormalities hide?

I have two lumps in my left breast and they are not showing on u/s or mammogram. I have scattered fibroglandular density. Can abnormalities hide?

The combination of: mammography and ultrasound is very sensitive for detecting palpable cancers. It is highly unlikely that your palpable regions are cancer. However, the sensitivity is not 100%, so it is important to follow up with your doctor ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Should i be concerned about the mammogram report? I have to have mammograms every six months for the past two year. Two years ago, i had a massive timor removed from my abdomen ( i lost 100 pounds during surgery), and had a hysterectomy and appendectomy a

Yes , as you have: four mammographies in 2 years . Probably your doctor is following a suspicious density, obviously no change in 2 yrs . 100 lbs weight loss will alter your breast architecture could be one reason. Speak to your doctor for possible image guided needle biopsy of the area , this will alleviate your fear( concern ) once report is available no longer need 2 moms a yr ...Read more

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Is it true that breast lump or tumor have been in your breast for a year or two and a mammogram can see them?

Is it true that breast lump or tumor have been in your breast for a year or two and a mammogram can see them?

Yes, even longer: Yes, actually breast cancer begins as a single cell and probably requires 10 years of growth to become approximately 1 cm in size. This is when it will first be revealed during an exam by the doctor. While a mammogram may pick it up slightly sooner it is certainly the fact that the mass has been there for many years prior to its discovery with mammographic imaging. ...Read more

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