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Old 03-18-2007, 04:16 PM   #1
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Mammography Question

My mother just had a mammogram. The results came back as for her to follow up with her physician. She got it through a free clinic of some sort due to her income. I am wondering is it common to have to have another mammogram or when they have you do this, is it pretty much a cancer diagnosis?

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Old 03-18-2007, 09:06 PM   #2
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I know you are worried and that is understandable, but this is common and almost always it is NOT cancer. There are many things that can show up on a mammogram such as a fluid filled cyst and other growths that are not cancerous. I had this happen and ended up having to then be scheduled for a biopsy. When they told me I would need the procedure the first thing the radiologist told me was that even at this point, the chances that I had cancer were less than 10%! Let us know what happens.


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I had to follow-up with further testing after my last mammogram, too, because they thought they saw something. Turned out to be nothing. Chances are great that your mom's follow-up will end just as positively. It really is pretty common to get an abnormal read for one reason or another, and happens to most women at least once. Try not to worry.

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Re: Mammography Question

I have had many of these, every time it is the same thing. Just a bit of breast that is maybe more dense than the rest and they want to get it from another angle. I know two people who had breast cancer and they were both called in for sonagram, or CT scan, not another mammogram. Cheers, Sera

Old 04-04-2007, 09:29 PM   #5
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I had my yearly mammogram last week, and just got the letter today that I have to go back for a repeat one....This happened to me once before in the past, and it was nothing...But of course I am worrying again that this time it might be something..So I have to call tomm and schedule another one..I hate this!


Old 04-07-2007, 04:35 AM   #6
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If the report told her to return for another mammo It is probably because something was wrong with the picture/film not her breast.
However you are saying she is to see her doctor. That may mean the Rad is seeing something. The Rad is not the referring doc so on a screening mammo all future orders must come from the referring doc. Her doc may send her back for a work up recommended by the Radiologist.
Does this mean she positively has a cancer. Absolutely not!!! When "something" of interest shows up on a mammogram it is always considered suspisous until proven otherwise. Most of the time the suspisous area turns out benign.
One other thing, maybe the clinic requires their patients to get all mammo reports from their doctor, good or bad. Years ago this was the norm but times have changed thank goodness.
Try not to worry until you have the rest of the story.

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