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mammogram on Tuesday and I was told to come for a diagnostic mammogram

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Just turned 40 in March. I went for a mammogram on Tuesday and I was told to come for a diagnostic mammogram because I have a small calcium deposit.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
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Expert:  Tammy F. replied 11 years ago.
 

A calcification is a deposit of the mineral calcium in the breast tissue. Calcifications appear as small white spots on a mammogram. There are two types:



  • Macrocalcifications are large calcium deposits often caused by aging. These are usually not cancer.
  • Microcalcifications are tiny specks of calcium that may be found in an area of rapidly dividing cells. If they are found grouped together in a certain way, it may be a sign of cancer.

Depending on how many calcium specks you have, how big they are, and what they look like, your doctor may suggest that you:



  • Have a different type of mammogram that allows the radiologist to have a closer look at the area
  • Have another screening mammogram, usually within 6 months
  • Have a test called a biopsy.

You can read more about calcifications here:


Understanding breast changes


Keep in mind that this is not always a negative thing.  It is sometimes just a symptom of aging.


Let me know if you still have questions.

Expert:  Jack Schroder replied 11 years ago.
You are lucky. You found a radiologist who asks for a repeat mammogram. As your earlier respondent said, califications must be explored for your protection. Follow all suggestions from this doctor.

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