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If my mammogram shows a mass, does that mean cancer?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
No. That mass could be a benign cyst, or other anomalies. Mammograms and other diagnostic tools (such as Positron Emission Tomography scans or PET scans) are valuable tools for detecting small masses that could be tumors. But only a biopsy can prove that any detected mass or anomaly is cancerous.
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