What tests are used to detect breast cancer? And should I be worried about the masses that were found?

Lumps in the breast . Commonly used tests to detect breast cancer include ...Mammography which is an x-ray of the breast, ultrasound of the breast and rarely MRI of the breast. A biopsy of the lump is the only way to confrim the final diagnosis of cancer. More than 80% of the breast lumps turn out to be benign on further testing.
Mammogram. Mammogram and ultrasound are the most common tests. There are many masses seen on these tests that are not cancerous. A biopsy is the definitive way to diagnosis a cancer. If a biopsy is recommended, please follow through with the recommendations. 80% of all biopsies performed have benign, noncancerous results.

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I have the result of ultra sound of my right breast. And it shows features of fibroadenosis of right breast and multiple small well defined isoechoeic masses-fibro adenomas. What is mean of this. Is this the sign of breast cancer?

Benign. What is described on your ultrasound is a benign finding. However, it needs to be interpreted within the context of why the ultrasound was ordered--is there a palpable abnormality?...An abnormality seen on a mammogram?...Breast pain? The ultrasound report should include info which tells the ordering physician what the next step is (routine follow-up, close f/u, biopsy)--please talk to your dr. Read more...
US report is benign. But why did you get it? The proper followup or continued workup requires understanding of the full situation to make sure. Please discuss these results with the doctor who ordered the ultrasound. Read more...

I have the result of my right breast ultra sound and it shows. Features of fibroadenosis of right breast and multiple small well defined isoechoeic masses-fibro adenomas. What its mean; is this the sign of breast cancer? Pls I need your concerned..

No. Your doctor will surly want to get blopsies or remove the fibroadenomas but they are not cancerous. It is a little unusual to have several and i'd ask your doctor why. Read more...
Need 2 Ask Ur Dr. . What is described on your ultrasound is a benign finding. However, it needs to be interpreted within the context of why the ultrasound was ordered--is there a palpable abnormality?...An abnormality seen on a mammogram?...Breast pain? The ultrasound report should include info which tells the ordering physician what the next step is (routine follow-up, close f/u, biopsy)--please talk to your dr. Read more...

Mother diagnosis with breast cancer at 54, maternal grandmother diagnosis with pancreatic ca at 69. Dr's won't do brca test because there is no other breast/ovarian ca in my family. What do I do? I'm so worried.

See below. You are at higher risk for breast cancer because your mother has had breast cancer. You should consult your health care provider and come up with a screening plan for breast cancer surveillance. Other than breast self examination, nothing likely needs to be done before you are at least 30 years old. Read more...
Pancreatic cancer . Independant. About 5% of breast cancer comes from a famiaial inherited gene and the radar goes off for this when 1st degree relative dx'd prior to age 50. Most likey you do not carry this gene but we use whats called the gail model (look this up) to determine who should be screened. Approx 9% of women will get a breast cancer diagnosis, most are not related to a brca 1 or 2 gene. Read more...
Screening. You should have clinical breast exams starting now, and then at age 40 start with yearly mammograms. It is possible to pay for the brca testing out of pocket if this is truly your desire, because would likely not be covered by insurance. Read more...