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Mammogram/breast density

My sister had her diagnositic mammo after she was told that she had breast density on her right breast, and was told that she didn't need an ultrasound and it looked okay.  Does that mean that she's okay or do they usually schedule an ultrasound at a later date?  Please help.

Research, Knowledge and Information :


Breast Density on a Mammogram | Susan G. Komen®


High breast density on a mammogram is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. See images and learn more.
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Breast density — The four levels - Mayo Clinic


Breast tissue is composed of milk glands, milk ducts and supportive tissue (dense breast tissue) and fatty tissue (nondense breast tissue). Radiologists use mammogram ...
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Breast Density and Your Mammogram Report


Regular mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early. But if your mammogram report said that you had dense breast tissue, you may be wondering what that means.
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Breast Density: What It Means for Your Body and Your Health


Should you be concerned about your breast density? WebMD looks at how this trait may affect your health.
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Having Dense Breasts - Breast Cancer Information and Awareness


Having Dense Breasts ... One way to measure breast density is the thickness of tissue on a mammogram. The Breast Imaging Reporting and Database Systems, ...
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Mammographic Breast Density — What It Means | Imaging ...


Knowledge of one's fibroglandular breast density is important, because high density increases the risk of cancer and decreases the accuracy of mammograms
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Mammograms - National Cancer Institute


A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease.
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Breast density becoming an important predictor of breast ...


Breast density becoming an important predictor of ... difficult to find breast cancer on a mammogram. Since both cancer and dense breast tissue look white or ...
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Breast-Density Changes May Be Tied to Cancer Risk: Study


Dec 02, 2013 · Breast-Density Changes May Be Tied to Cancer ... Breast density, as determined by mammography, is already known to be a strong and independent risk factor ...
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Dense Breasts May Obscure Mammogram Results - Well


Jun 15, 2014 · In many states, doctors are notifying women who are found to have dense breast tissue. But there is no clear medical guidance on what they should do next.
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Breast Density at 38

Hi, Many women have dense breast tissue when they are young ,but as they age,usually the dense tissue is gradually replaced by fatty tissue. The interpretation of the level of breast density can vary from doctor to doctor,or from one mammogram machine from the other.The only concern is that Mammograms are more difficult to interpret abnormalities that might be present in the breast tissue. If something is not clear or looks suspicious,radiologists recommend more investigation,such as a MRI, which is a very good tool to detect abnormalities in dense breast tissue,or a biopsy if needed. Just because you have dense breasts,I don't think that there is cause to be overly worried about it.In my opinion,a mastectomy is rather extreme,but you should certainly consider it,if you carry the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes which can be inherited from either side of the family. Since you have a family history of BC,I would advise you to consult a Breast Specialist,if you haven't seen one already.The doctor will examine you and review your mammogram report and give you the best advice on how to proceed if more investigation is needed in your particular situation. Best wishes...
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density on mammogram

One can never be too optimistic or too positive. It's really hard to define what will and won't be malignant or benign until further tests are conducted. I would be gravely concerned about the accuracy of the procedure if the ultra-sound failed to pick up the density (presumably micro-calcifications) the first time. It's possible that an early breast cancer has been detected. You should not be asked to wait six months.  They should continue with testing/ surgery until a diagnosis is found. Calling the oncology surgeon would be your decision.  I think if one still had unanswered questions and trusted and respected this other individual then they would.  I think in certain situations you draw on all your available resources. I think I would give the first group of individuals a chance first.  Biopsying something when you can't see or locate it sounds a bit dodgy though. J
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Mammogram findings

Only the biopsy can tell for sure if an abnormality is cancer or benign. A fair number of BIRAD 4 scores do come back as benign at biopsy. Obviously there is a proven nodule both by Mammogram and Ultrasound and you are taking the appropriate action to find it's cause. Waiting is far from pleasant but it's a necessary evil when it comes to circumstances such as these. Try to stay calm and don't jump to conclusions. Best Wishes on Monday .....
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Can a breast mass have an density?

I'm not sure what happened here but your first sentence  seems incomplete. You posted that the mammo report states ..  but you don't say what it states. A density is just that .... tissue that is more dense (appears thicker) that the surrounding tissue. I would be interested to know exactly what the Mammo report states. Not having vascularity is a good sign though.   Thanks .....
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Mammogram shows new areas of denisty

Hi there. A BIRADS score of 0 means that the mammogram study is inconclusive and would need further tests such as coned down views of the mammogram or a different modality such as an ultrasound.  The female breasts really varies in density, and still, what may be happening to your breast is physiologic.   However, if the additional test would reveal something else suspicious, then it may be necessary to do a biopsy procedure such as through fine needle or core biopsy. Regards.
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Arimidex w/o bone density med

Those are side effects of the Arimidex. See if your mother can tolerate fish oil or cod liver oil to take with her vitamin D & calcium. It's good for her and it should help her body process the vitamin D and calcium better. It doesn't taste good though :) Best wishes
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Results of Mammogram?????

It means that the finding on the right was no longer evident after compression views. The finding on the left however remains. It is entirely up to you as far as the Surgical consult goes; if you have no problem waiting the 6 months for the re-check then wait. If however you are going to continue to worry or be concerned then by all means make that appointment with the Surgeon and get his/her opinion as to the next step. After reviewing the films the Surgeon may also recommend the 6 month re-check.   Regards ....
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Increase in density of inframammary ridge

I'm curious as to how you arrived at this conclusion. This area of the breast anatomy is a more dense area normally; especially if you are lying down. I'm certain the Mammogram will shed some additional light on the cause .... if there is one.   Regards ....
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Breast density versus non-dense

A density is just that .... an area of the breast tissue that appears more dense than the rest of the tissue. It does NOT mean a cyst or anything else in particular. The report would specify "cyst" or "fibroadenoma" or the need for a biopsy to determine which. Fibrocystic breast condition affects nearly half of all women. If something of concern you would have been referred to a Breast Specialist or Breast Surgeon rather than the Gyn.     Regards ....
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Increased density in right axilla

Hi. I understand your concern.  There can be a lot of changes in the breast during the past four years and these densities may reflect natural breast changes due to aging.  The densities seen on one projection means that these are seen in only one view and not the other views (the mammogram usually takes two views of the breast).  It is better to ask your radiologist the BIRADS category of your mammogram as this will give us the idea if the findings are normal, benign, or needs evaluation.  You can know more about birads through this website: http://womenshealth.aetna.com/WH/ihtWH/r.WSIHW000/st.35891/t.35906.html Regards and God bless.
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