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Questions about complex breast cysts.
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|12/12/2011||I am told that i have a 3 cm mobile mass @ the 10 o ' clock position that has some calcifications in it and to return in 6 months for a f/u. I have had this same lump since it was discovered at the age of 22 and was told that it was a simple cyst, so my question is is it normal to change from a simple cyst into a complex cyst and should i be worried that i am more prone to breast cancer in the future?|
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|12/12/2011||Thank you for turning to the Johns Hopkins Breast Center. This finding does not mean you are more prone to breast cancer in the future. THe fact that you have had a mass in your breast that has remained unchanged over time is favorable. Now with the appearance of calcifications, you should be sure and have the 6 month follow up imaging recommended, to see if calcifications have changed. Imaging is a valuable tool, but a biopsy (tissue sample) is the only definative diagnosis. Hope this helps and best wishes!|
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