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Breast Cancer

Calcification and ILC

04/03/2008

Question:

I was wondering is it typical for infiltrating lobular carcinoma to come from a calcification?

Answer:

Certain calcium deposits in breast tissue can be a tip-off to the presence of a cancer in a breast. While these are most often associated with ductal cancers, lobular cancers can also be associated with calcifications. Calcifications don't cause breast cancer but are seen when cells deteriorate and die, forming calcium that can be seen on mammograms. Other types of calcifications in breasts are completely benign (not cancerous), but often the films are not definitive and a biopsy is needed.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University