Calcification in mammogram

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Posted: 5/1/2013 3:40:28 PM
Anyone ever have to get a follow up mammogram due to small calcifications? I go back Monday. Feeling a bit worried, to be truthful. No history of breast cancer in my family. I'm 45.


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Posted: 5/1/2013 3:43:29 PM
Yes, had to have another mammogram one time, and an actual biopsy one time. Nothin' but calcium each time.

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Posted: 5/1/2013 5:08:19 PM
I had this happen in October. I went for a routine mammogram. They noticed a cluster on the left side so they sent me for another mammogram. From that one, the tech could not say for sure if the cluster was nothing, so they sent me for a biopsy. Everything came back clear from the biopsy!So I just have to return in six months(my appointment is next week) for another mammogram on that side.I am 42, by the way, and there is a definite history of breast cancer in my family.


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Posted: 5/1/2013 5:28:28 PM
yes,, and had a biopsy as well.. it's very nerve racking, but it's sooo very common today... i think with more sophisticated equipment, etc.. they see a lot more and check on a lot more

they will (or they did for me).. put a "marker" at the spot that they're checking so that future mammograms are read "correctly."

try not to worry

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Posted: 5/1/2013 5:36:39 PM
My experience is like Nancie52. Once the identify it is a calcification they put a marker on it during later mammos so you don't have to go through the worry again.


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Posted: 5/1/2013 5:37:05 PM
My mom always has the same calcifications show up in her mammogram and she always has to go back for a second look. Every time she requests that it is noted in her file and it never is, so she always plans for two trips. She's been going to the same place for years.

It's never been a concern.


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Posted: 5/1/2013 6:21:33 PM
Me, too--biopsy and it was nothing to worry about.


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Posted: 5/1/2013 8:39:33 PM
I had calcifications. They looked like someone touched the mammogram with a pin six or seven times. But in a cluster.

Mine turned out to be early stage 1 infiltrating ductal carcinoma.

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Posted: 5/1/2013 9:05:05 PM
Yes, several years ago. It looked like a white pinpoint on the mammogram. Had follow up, and it hasn't been a concern since.

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Posted: 5/1/2013 10:49:35 PM
Hi - I had a call back before Christmas. It was really nerve racking, but it turned out to be nothing. Try not to worry - I know easier said than done. I am 45 too


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Posted: 5/1/2013 10:57:30 PM
Yes! I went for my first mammogram just because I was 40. I had to go back for a second screening because there were calcifications in one breast and since it was my first mammogram, there was no benchmark to compare it to. Then, I had to go back at 6 months for a high def. mammogram on that side-no change.

When I went for my next annual-- all of the calcification was gone! My Dr. had said that you can get calcification with any "trauma" to the breasts-- like just from running.

Hopefully it is nothing. THough I heard all of people's stories before mine also and it still didn't quell the worry.



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Posted: 5/2/2013 12:31:42 AM
I am 57. I had first diagnostic mammo with spot compression at about 42. I had another spot compression at 52. I had mammo a month ago and they called me back, saw microcalcifications on diagnostic mammo and I am having a stereotactic core biopsy Tuesday. No history in family, but my aunt had biopsy done 15 years ago. Benign, she is 87 now, no problems. I found out many, many women get called back for "diagnostic mammogram" and they are benign almost all of the time. I am told even biopsy results are frequently benign, actually more often than not. I am scared out of my shoes about procedure and results but better to catch it all early. I have a hunch you have no worries but may have to go back for second mammo every so often for close look to see if microcalcifications are clustering or forming lines etc. Hope your results are fine and you can then just go about your business without worrying.

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Posted: 5/2/2013 12:48:25 PM

I had mammo a month ago and they called me back, saw microcalcifications on diagnostic mammo and I am having a stereotactic core biopsy Tuesday.
I had microcalcifications in a cluster and I ended up having a surgical biopsy (for reasons you probably WON'T encounter! ) and all was fine. I had follow-up mammograms regularly the last 6 years, and all has still been fine.

Wishing you the same results!


I am scared out of my shoes about procedure and results but better to catch it all early.
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Posted: 5/2/2013 12:56:07 PM
I also had calcification show up. We waited 6 months, did another mammo and the calcifications had doubled or tripled (I forget which). Next was a biopsy and all was ok. What the breast surgeon said was that I should always have digital mammos because they show a lot more. She said that if my mammos had been digital, she might not have needed to do a biopsy. I guess she could have sent me for a digital but she was also able to do a biopsy right then so I told her to go for it.





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Posted: 5/2/2013 1:00:48 PM
I just went through this last week/this week. I have had 2 prior call backs for extra images. This time they called me back for a biopsy. I have a long family history. If you want to read about my experiences in the last week they're in my blog Did I Really Say That? But I'll leave it to you considering our histories are different.

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Posted: 5/2/2013 1:05:29 PM
I don't think I've had a mammogram yet without getting a callback. The last time they did find calcifications and I had a stereotactic core needle biopsy, which was benign. The doctor told me that it is very likely this will happen again, so I'm in the don't-worry-until-necessary camp.



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Posted: 5/2/2013 1:36:10 PM
Thank you everyone. I appreciate all the feedback and support.


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Posted: 5/2/2013 1:40:40 PM
Oh heck, I've been getting call backs for 10 years and its always nothing. I've had calcification a since I was 25.
Don't be worried


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