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My sister got a mammogram result of "suspicious cluster microcalcifications". Is that a cancer sign?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
8 doctors agree
In brief: Biopsy Needed for Dx
A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality.
This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time.

In brief: Biopsy Needed for Dx
A mammographic report of "suspicious microcalcifications" warrants a stereotactic (nonsurgical) biopsy to definitively diagnose the abnormality.
This is categorized by radiologists as a bi-rads 4 abnormality, which should be listed on the report. These are found to be cancerous approximately 15-30% of the time.
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, that
can be a sign of cancer.
It needs to be biopsied. About 70% of the time that suspicious findings(BIRADS 4) are biopsied, it turns out to be benign.

In brief: Yes, that
can be a sign of cancer.
It needs to be biopsied. About 70% of the time that suspicious findings(BIRADS 4) are biopsied, it turns out to be benign.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Suspicious
Microcalcification is one of the radiologic findings in breast carcinomas.
The lesion can be further investigated by needle aspiration of the cells and/or biopsy so that the cells and/or tissue may be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. It is important for your sister to keep follow-up appointments to investigate the matter.

In brief: Suspicious
Microcalcification is one of the radiologic findings in breast carcinomas.
The lesion can be further investigated by needle aspiration of the cells and/or biopsy so that the cells and/or tissue may be examined by a pathologist for definitive diagnosis. It is important for your sister to keep follow-up appointments to investigate the matter.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Paul Slawek
Radiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes biopsy best
Microcalcification can be a sign of breast cancer.
There are however many calcification of the breast that are benign. Malignant type calcifications are usually tightly grouped, very small and heterogeneous in configuration. If a good mammographer is suspicious as to a group of calcifications they should be biopsied. I have seen cases of false negative MRI of breast with malignant calcification.

In brief: Yes biopsy best
Microcalcification can be a sign of breast cancer.
There are however many calcification of the breast that are benign. Malignant type calcifications are usually tightly grouped, very small and heterogeneous in configuration. If a good mammographer is suspicious as to a group of calcifications they should be biopsied. I have seen cases of false negative MRI of breast with malignant calcification.
Dr. Paul Slawek
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