In Addition To Getting Recheck Mammograms, Should I Get A Biopsy?

Question from bwgolf_66:I have seen many questions regarding microcalcifications, I have been getting recheck mammos every 6months, but should I be doing more, lshould I just go ahead and get a BX? I believe the radiologist said mine would be too small to BX.

Answer from Karleen Habin, R.N., nurse consultant for OnCall+: Breast Cancer: Calcification in the breast can be seen on a mammogram, but cannot be detected by touch. There are two types of breast calcification, macrocalcification and microcalcification. Macrocalcifications are large deposits and are usually not related to cancer.

Microcalcifications are specks of calcium that may be found in an area of rapidly dividing cells. Many microcalcifications clustered together often described by different patterns may be a sign of cancer. Whenever you have concerns or questions; don't hesitate to get a second opinion. Depending on your age, personal and family history you might also ask your Doctor whether an MRI might be helpful. I can't emphasize the importance of communication with your providers. If you still do not feel "comfortable with the plan" you might need to consider getting a second opinion. You might want to consider reviewing these resources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/breast-cancer/AN00049 http://www.cancer.gov/search/results.aspx

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