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6/7/2017I am a DES daughter age 63 with stage 1A diagnoses followed by lumpectomy 6 years ago - biopsies showed DCIS but surgery showed more. I have always had dense breasts and my first lumpectomy was 30 years ago, followed by 3 others before the cancer. I am having trouble finding a breast center that is willing to see me either once or twice a year and actually explain the changes going on in my breasts, most don't care unless you actually have a cancer diagnosis. I have read about a more specialized ultra sound post 3D mammogram for women with dense breasts. Does Hopkins have this equipment? Also does your breast center help women who are 6 year post to feel comfortable about changes in their breast? Thank you,
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6/7/2017we have this type of imaging technology here. You can come here for your routine screenings. Interpreting changes within the breast is based on what the radiologist sees on the images. there is no way to know from a pathology perspective however because that would mean that the breast is being biopsied every time there is any change including known benign changes. For breast imaging you can call 410-955-4100.

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