What happens if breast calcifications show up on my mammogram?

If calcifications show up on your mammogram:
  • The radiologist will make note of the number of calcifications, along with their size and shape, in your mammogram report.
  • The radiologist will want to take a closer look at the calcifications and may ask for more pictures to get enlarged views.
  • If the calcifications form a pattern that could mean possible cancer, you may need to have a biopsy. In a biopsy, a sample of tissue is removed and sent to the lab for further study under a microscope.
  • If the radiologist believes the calcifications are probably benign, you may be asked to have another mammogram in six months.

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