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7/30/2012My wife (37 y/o) had her annual mammogram last week and an architectural distortion that measures 1cm was found. The follow up higher magnification mammogram showed the same distortion, but they were unable to see the distortion on ultrasound. There was no mass or calcification. The radiologist is recommending a wire guided surgical biopsy. We meet with the surgeon on Wednesday. Is there anything other than breast cancer that this could be?

My wife's mother passed from breast cancer when she was a young girl. We're both very scared.
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7/30/2012Without the ability to see the imaging studies and do an examination and get a lot more information it truly is hard to guess. sometimes they are what is called a radial scar. obviously her family history is worrisome increasing the odds that this might be cancer. but focus on something good regarding this-- whatever it is, it is small. hang in and know that if it is cancer this should be very treatable. if you both want to come our way just call 443-287-2778.

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