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Breast Cancer

Calcification

07/14/2011

Question:

I`ve had at least 3 episodes of calcification in both breasts over a period of 10 years, the last time being the right breast last year, all 3 times undetectable by self exams. Now I feel a lump, went to my gyno, he thinks it`s fibrous tissue but is sending me for a bilateral mammo (simply because it`s time for my yearly) and a Ultrasound if indicated. I don`t know if, in the past, they were macro or microcalcifications. Mammogram is Friday. Should I be concerned? I am almost 49 (two more months), no family history of breast cancer, but just about every other cancer (aunts, cousins, etc..., thyroid, skin, not sure if any ovarian).

Answer:

I do not think there is a reason to be very worried or concerned as you do not seem to be at a high-risk for developing breast cancer. But clearly this will need further investigation with mammogram and US if necessary and you are doing just that. So your plan of action is appropriate and hopefully all will turn out OK.

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Response by:

Bhuvaneswari  Ramaswamy, MD Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, MD
Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University