Hi, folks … it’s annual medical check up time. I had my mammogram on Monday. As is normal, I got a call Tuesday morning saying more views were needed. I did that Tuesday afternoon. (The benefit of being on medical leave: an open schedule.) The results this time, however, were different.
Last time (two years ago?) I had a followup ultrasound and somethingthat I vaguely recall as a sample.
This time I have to have two biopsies of the right breast for suspicious calcifications.
The radiologist said something like this: “we’re not supposed to say that they are probably benign, but they are probably benign.”
“Suspicious calcifications may be seen in either benign or malignant (cancerous) situations. In our experience, only one out of every four to five patients with suspicious calcifications has a breast cancer and those are usually at a very early stage.”
So – worst case:
Ductal carcinoma-in-situ (DCIS) represents 25-30% of all reported breast cancers. Approximately 95% of all DCIS is diagnosed because of mammographically-detected microcalcifications.
DCIS is non-invasive and “highly treatable.”
If you’re curious about radiology results – more pix than you probably
ever wanted to see: