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What does "probably benign" mean on a mammogram report?
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely normal.
While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect.
Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen.

In brief: Most likely normal.
While mammograms are excellent screening tests for cancer, they are not perfect.
Many times spots are seen on mammography that are not normal but have such a low probability of being cancer (<0.5%), that it is best to watch these closely rather than biopsy. Radiologists categorize this as a birads-3 abnormality; when women get their first mammogram, there is a 7% chance this will happen.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 6-month follow-up
Usually this is a lesion that has a very low risk of malignancy that the mammographer wants to follow closely (typically at 6-months, but sometimes sooner).
According to the birads manual, the system radiologists use to manage mammography patients, the radiologist should think there is <2% risk of malignancy. In reality, the actual risk of malignancy is <1% (0.5-0.8 are numbers I have seen quoted).

In brief: 6-month follow-up
Usually this is a lesion that has a very low risk of malignancy that the mammographer wants to follow closely (typically at 6-months, but sometimes sooner).
According to the birads manual, the system radiologists use to manage mammography patients, the radiologist should think there is <2% risk of malignancy. In reality, the actual risk of malignancy is <1% (0.5-0.8 are numbers I have seen quoted).
Dr. Carl Decker
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
In brief: Probably benign
In terms of BIRADS categories, it is category 3, technically less than 2% chance of cancer, but in practice it is less than 1%.
Usually short interval follow up is recommended.

In brief: Probably benign
In terms of BIRADS categories, it is category 3, technically less than 2% chance of cancer, but in practice it is less than 1%.
Usually short interval follow up is recommended.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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