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jenelaine
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   Posted 3/13/2010 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am 46 years old.  I went for my annual mammogram in October and they found 2 clusters of microcalcifications in my left breast that apparently were not there the last year (I know, I request the clinical reports) So they tell me to come back in 6 months (Which is next month, appointment is already scheduled). So far, it doesn't sound scary, right?  Tell me give you some of my history....
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was 47.  She died from it 4 years later. 
When I was 38, I had my first mammogram, ended up having bilateral biopsies for clusters of microcalcifications, had a marker placed in my left breast (the biopsies were benign).  For 7 years, not a mention of any microcalcifications until my last mammogram.  Then all of a sudden, I have 2" tightly grouped clusters of microcalcifications"
Cancer of all forms seem to run in my family.  My paternal grandmother had thyroid cancer, my father passed away last year from lung cancer, my brother was diagnosed last year with stage II melanoma.
I guess my question is..... Is this the correct management of those microcalcifications given my personal and family history??
Something in my gut is telling me to get a second opinion, I just wanted to know what you think.
Thanks,
Jen

postal2
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   Posted 3/13/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jen,
I think you should get a second opinion. I would want them biopsied. With your family history of cancer, find a doctor who will biopsy them so you can have a "sure" answer. A biopsy is the ONLY way to be sure. Please stay with us and let us know how everything goes. I am keeping you in my thoughts for benign results! Hang in there and we are here for you no matter how it turns out.
Hugs,
Gail
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barkyboys
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   Posted 3/13/2010 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
If your gut is telling you to get a second opinion, I would go with that. I know that I would just spend the next six months worrying about it, if I were you. Odds are in your favor that a biopsy would be negative, but as Gail said, it is the only way to know for sure. And your peace of mind is well worth the cost of a second opinion.

Hugs...
BEV
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jenelaine
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   Posted 3/13/2010 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your quick replies!!! I am leaning towards having a biopsy done JUST so I can know for sure! I was relying on my GYN to furnish these radiologists for me and so far I don't like them.
I have a very good internal medicine doctor who I think might steer me toward a radiologist that I might have faith in, I think I might ask him.
Thanks so much!!!
Jen
"Hope springs eternal"


college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Our histories are very similar except my mother was a survivor - so sorry about your loss. Cancer runs rampet in my family. I had 3 benign cysts removed few years ago so I run with your same fear. If at all possible, find a Dr who specializes in breast cancer. I go to Dr Elliott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Breast Cancer Center. They do mammograms, thermograms, ultra sounds, you name it. I was also advised not to stop my hormones a year after hysterectomy and take Vitamin E daily. I don't think I would be able to wait around that long. Hang in there.
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college coaches wife
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   Posted 3/16/2010 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Oops! I was advised to STOP my hormones after a year on them. Sorry about the mixup.
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gma
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   Posted 3/16/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes, I agree with everyone a biopsy is necessary to get an anwer. Needle biopsies are done quickly and easily, but personally I like surgical biopsies to be sure enough area is tested. My daughter's history is much the same as yours, I am the surviving mother, so far all is clear after 13 years. Both of my daughters were tested for BRCA and found negative. But let me caution you to stay very vigilant in your exams and mammograms! I hope you get good news and that you will come back and tell us. One way or another someone here can be helpful to you. Hugs MK


Julie85
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   Posted 3/24/2010 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 47 years old and went in for my annual mammogram last week (this was the first digital one I have had). Yesterday I got a call from my OB that there was a "shadow" on the mammogram and that I needed to go in a second time. He told me not to worry because I have dense breasts and with the digital mammograms they are seeing alot of callbacks. It's so easy not to worry but I do. I can't get in for another week and I am really sick to my stomach. My aunt died of breast cancer about 22 years ago and I remember what she went through like it was yesterday. I know that technology has progressed significantly, but I am very nervous. My youngest is 17 and I am scared, even though I shouldn't jump to conclusions. Any comments are welcome.

Superbigmac
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   Posted 4/14/2010 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
1) Generally, new microcalcifications (that are not 100% felt to be benign) are biopsied. Generally they are definitely benign or need biopsy. Waiting 6 months usually doesn't make sense (except rare circumstances), especially if they are already "new."

2) Core needle breast biopsies (ultrasound guided or stereotactic) are just as accurate as surgical excisional biopsies, of course, assuming they're done correctly.
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