Does an abnormal mammogram mean I have breast cancer?

An abnormal mammogram does not necessarily mean you have breast disease or cancer. As many as 10 percent of women who have mammograms are called back for further evaluation. The majority find out through further tests that they are fine.
About 1 in 10 women who have a mammogram (an x-ray of the inside of the breast, which can be done either as a routine screening test or to pinpoint the cause of breast cancer symptoms) will need to get more pictures taken. Most do not have cancer, so don't be alarmed if this happens to you. Your doctor or nurse will call and discuss your results with you. An abnormal mammogram does not always mean you have cancer.

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