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Breast Cancer

Mammogram

10/22/2007

Question:

I had a mammogram, and it said possible microcacifications, with a 8 mm nodule, in my right breast. but what does that mean? I am going to get a us and another view on my mammogram.

Answer:

Calcifications are best seen on mammogram, so further views are indicated to evaluate this more closely. These could simply be benign calcifications, but may indicate something more significant such as atypia or non-invasive cancer. A nodule, as well, can be benign. Ultrasound is helpful to distinguish between solid and cystic masses. A biopsy might be recommended, so follow through on the recommendations offered after your diagnostic workup. If you have further questions, discuss things with your primary care doctor or seek advice from a breast specialist.

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Response by:

Jennifer B Manders, MD Jennifer B Manders, MD
Formerly:
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati