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|4/22/2012||Had a breast US for unresolved breast discharge. It indicated dilated ductal pattern throughout the right breast, but dilation within normal limits. 49, turning 50 later in the year, still menstruating, mammos indicate extremely dense breast tissue, also diagnosed with ALH in 2010. Is this pattern a risk factor for breast Ca, or is it typical for extremely dense breast tissue, or maybe of no concern? thank-you, look forward to your feedback.|
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|4/23/2012||It is difficult to visualize what might be going on, with dense breast tissue. Consider a consultation with a breast surgeon for futher recommendations. Of additional help with imaging, a bilateral breast MRI may be of help. Dense breast tissue, with previous ALH, would put a woman at a slightly higher risk for possibly developing breast cancer. Also consider a consultaion with a high risk breast specialist for evaluation of your personal history, your family history, and your risk of breast cancer. If we can help, please call Sheila @ 443-287-BRST (2887)for an appointment. Hope this helps and best wishes!|
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