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Second opinion] - I have received an abnormal mammogram and

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Second opinion] - I have received an abnormal mammogram and I need help interpreting the report. I have a scheduled appt for a diagnostic/ultrasound mammo. But i have yet to have my screening results explained to me in laymans terms. I have spent the last 3 days googling and im driving myself nuts! I can upload a copy of my report if meed be
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Family history of a maternal aunt with ovarian cancer at age 48.COMPARISON: This
represents the patient's baseline mammogram.BILATERAL DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY
FINDINGS: The breast parenchyma is heterogeneously dense which may obscure small
masses. There are loosely grouped microcalcifications in the left upper outer
quadrant at the middle depth. In addition, nodular asymmetries are also
demonstrated in the central and lower left breast at the middle depth seen only
on the MLO view. Further evaluation is recommended. There is no other mass, area
of architectural distortion, or malignant type calcifications.
IMPRESSION:Loosely grouped microcalcifications in the left upper outer quadrant
for which additional spot compression magnification mammography is recommended
for further characterization. Nodular asymmetries in the central and lower left
breast seen only on the MLO view for which additional spot compression
mammography and possible ultrasound is recommended for these findings. The
patient be asked return for additional imaging of the left breast. The final
report with recommendation will follow when evaluation is complete.There is no
mammographic evidence of malignancy in the right breast.BIRADS 0: Incomplete.
Needs additional imaging. CAD analysis with R2 Cenova version 9.3 was reviewed
by the interpreting physician. Any detected areas have been correlated and
addressed appropriately.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long,

Your right breast is absolutely normal.

The left breast has microcalcification and nodular asymmetries. These findings may occur in cancer. But this is just suspicion. It needs further mammography views. Key word here is suspicion. This can turn out to be non cancerous changes too. Also it would need ultrasound to delineate exactly. Thus further imaging (mammography views and ultrasound) only can determine the breast changes if that warrant a biopsy.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 months ago.

Mammography is rarely conclusive for the cancer. It only tells about the suspicious changes and whether a biopsy is needed or not.

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