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Breast Cancer

Mammogram showed Density in left Breast

08/19/2011

Question:

I am 52 years old and I had a baseline mammogram 4 days ago, and my doctor called to say that a "density showed on the left breast" and he had me scheduled for more test? Can you help me understand this better? Thank you.

Answer:

"Density" is a nonspecific term that means an area in the breast looked denser (more white) than surrounding tissue on mammogram. Additional tests usually including repeat mammograms with special views usually resolve the question. Often a breast ultrasound is indicated. Sometimes this ultimately needs biopsy to determine if a tumor is present. Most densities turn out to be benign (not cancer) but the tests to find out need to be done. It would also be helpful for a breast exam to be performed to see if a mass can be felt.

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Response by:

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