I recently had a mammogram, is it common to have to go back for another mammogram and ultrasound?

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Learning About Breast Cancer over 2 years ago
  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2007

    VERY, VERY, COMMON (and totally nerve wracking!) Most of the time, it is completely normal.

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    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Yes it is common. But make sure you keep all appointments.

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2011

    It sure is.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    This happened to me just this week and I was totally freaked out. I am 48 and had let 8 years go by since my last mammogram so when I got the dreaded callback all sorts of thoughts ran through my head. All I remember from the call was something about a diagnostic mammogram, possible ultrasound and overlapping tissue (which I immediately googled and found this to be a good outcome). I had recently lost a classmate to breast cancer and knew of at least 3 people going through treatment. What got me through the 5 days between the call and the followup mammogram was focusing on my many friends that that told me that they had been called back for additional tests and had good results.
    The tech was very helpful and showed me exactly what they were looking at on the scan compared with the one from 8 years ago and after each image she took I was able to see immediately the new one. There were two spots they were concerned with and she told me that they were small (less than 5 mm each). She took the scans to the Dr to be read and a few minutes later the doctor came in and said that everything was fine. She also explained that my tests 8 years ago were analog and the new tests were digital and were much better and that the area may have been there 8 years ago but didn't show on the analog. Since there was a change in the tissue they wanted to verify that there wasn't a problem so basically I have a new baseline scan to go from. I hope that helps.

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Yes it is

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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2007

    Dee... one more thing. If there is any question request / demand an MRI.

    Good luck to you! Sharon

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    If they found micro calcium deposits om

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    Sorry, I hit the button too soon. If they found micro calcium deposits on your mammogram, also ask for a biopsy. Best of luck to you!

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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    When the nurse called she said that there was 2 areas in my left breast that they are concerned about, the area that they are concerned about is in the center of the breast and could not be felt on self exams. This same breast is tender to touch and painful. Sorry, I'm just extremely nervous and scared.

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  • anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient

    Yes, it's very common. I had micro calcifications show up on mine. The majority of the time it's nothing to worry about. Just make sure you're comfortable with their answer. I've learned you truly must be your own advocate. Best wishes! :)

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