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If small calcifications show up on a digital mammogram, should you be concerned?

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Dr. Mazen Ghani
Radiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

The majority of women undergoing mammography will have calcifications on their mammogram.
A small percentage will need to be looked at closer and may require a biopsy.

In brief: Not necessarily

The majority of women undergoing mammography will have calcifications on their mammogram.
A small percentage will need to be looked at closer and may require a biopsy.
Dr. Mazen Ghani
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

There are different patterns of calcification that experienced radiologists can tell you when they read a mammogram which can help in terms of evaluating the possibilities of whether the caclification is likely to be benign or suspicious for malignant process.
Certainly it has to be followed up but does not mean that you have to worry about all calcification discuss further with your oncologist.

In brief: Depends

There are different patterns of calcification that experienced radiologists can tell you when they read a mammogram which can help in terms of evaluating the possibilities of whether the caclification is likely to be benign or suspicious for malignant process.
Certainly it has to be followed up but does not mean that you have to worry about all calcification discuss further with your oncologist.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Most of the calcifications that show up on mammography are of no concern.
Some will require follow up or biopsy. Based on their size, shape, and distribution, the radiologist will be able to determine how the calcifications should be handled.

In brief: Maybe

Most of the calcifications that show up on mammography are of no concern.
Some will require follow up or biopsy. Based on their size, shape, and distribution, the radiologist will be able to determine how the calcifications should be handled.
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Regina Hampton
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Calcifications can be benign or malignant.
Things that would raise concern or determine if you need immediate biopsy are: your age, prior mammogram history (i.e. Where these present or absent in the past), palpable mass, breast history, prior surgery, family history. At a minimum you need a follow up mammogram in 3-6 months. You should follow up with a breast specialist.

In brief: Depends

Calcifications can be benign or malignant.
Things that would raise concern or determine if you need immediate biopsy are: your age, prior mammogram history (i.e. Where these present or absent in the past), palpable mass, breast history, prior surgery, family history. At a minimum you need a follow up mammogram in 3-6 months. You should follow up with a breast specialist.
Dr. Regina Hampton
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