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Questions about complex breast cysts.
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|11/6/2011||My recent ultrasound revealed a complicated cyst measuring 8 x 7 x 5 mm. in the retroareolar region of the right breast. The recommendation by the radiologist is to repeat the ultrasound in 6 months. I am 56 years old, had my last menstrual period 2 years ago, have a long history of cystic breasts, but no history of cancer. My mother, 82 y.o., was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Instead of waiting 6 months for repeat ultrasound, is there some procedure I should investigate? Thank you very much.|
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|11/7/2011||A complicated cyst is not cancer. Ask what your BIRADS score was...BIRADS stands for breast imaging reporting and data system, a system that standardizes mammo reporting. I sounds like you may have a BIRADS 3, where the suspicion for cancer is low, but still need follow-up in 6 mionths to re-evaluate. So you mention a long history of cystic breasts so not clear if this complex cyst is unlike anything you have had before, or more of the same. For piece of mind, and further education, you could seek a second opinion with a breast surgeon, who can review your films, your personal and family history, and perform a clinical breast exam to get the total picture of what is going on. Hope this helps and best wishes.|
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