Called back for further tests???

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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone! I am hoping that I can get some information about how common call backs are for your first mammogram. I went in 2 weeks ago and had my first mammogram. I am 39 years old.
The Breast Center where I had my mammogram called this morning and told me that I needed to come back on on Monday for a repeat mammogram and a ultrasound. No more details were given..they could not/would not tell me which breast..if they saw anything..etc. Just that I needed to come back in. So now I am freaking out. My sister in law was just diagnosed with breast cancer 3 weeks ago. Her diagnosis prompted me to get my butt in gear and get a mammo...even though we are not blood related..that hit to close to home. She is going to be ok...she had a lumpectomy and is now preparing for radiation treatments. Back to what I am asking....Is it common to be called back in for a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? I have no history of breast cancer in my family and I have no lumps in my breast other than a few fibrystic?? cysts..not sure if I spelled that correctly. Anyway was just hoping that I could get some information. Thank you so much in advance! I am truly scared to death.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like they probably saw something on the mammogram that they want to check further, especially if this is your first mammogram. This will be your baseline mammogram, one that they compare all future mammograms to in order to look for changes, so they want to be sure they know what everything is. The ultrasound is what they use to determine if a finding is solid or fluid-filled, so it is pretty common in a follow-up. I don't know what the "call-back" rate is. When I had my first mammogram, I had negative results for two cancerous tumors. I had one "call-back" on my remaining breast that was described in the report as a "mass," but turned out to be nothing in the follow-up mammogram with compression views. Something like 80% of all biopsies performed are "benign" findings; on the other hand, I wouldn't ignore the situation either. Call-backs are scary for everyone! And with your sil just diagnosed, I'm sure you are especially fearful. A good friend here would say, "try not to worry 'til you know you have something to worry about!" Easier said than done, but good advice, nonetheless! Let us know how it goes.

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   Posted 7/28/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply. You have certainly eased my mind some.
I will definitely keep you updated. This is my first time on a forum such as this and you sure have made me feel welcome. Thanks again.
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