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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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8/22/2017I recently had diagnostic mammo and ultrasound for two small nodules. Report came back two small nodules, slightly lymph nodes in right central breasy-6 month follow up and ultrasound recommended-given birads 3 rating. I asked rqadiologist if she thought they were tumors she said she did not think so. Why did she not send me for MRI or biopsy. Why would she think it ok to wait 6 months? Im thinking of all these questions of course AFTER i see final report. Now im more concerned then ever. Would second opinion be warrented with another radiologist and/or breast surgeon? Lymph nodes in breast cant be a good thing? I want to trust radiologist-shes been reading these for 30 years but I just dont feel comfortable...any advice would be welcomed. My mom had breast cancer around this age. Im freaking out. I also do have type B dense breasts.
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8/24/2017There are some controversies in MRI for breast cancer screening purposes. An MRI is sensitive but lacks specificity. It rarely identifies a potential lesion with enough specificity to actually do something about it without requiring additional imaging or biopsy. Intramammary lymph nodes are lymph nodes within the breast tissue. BI RADS 3 have a very high chance (greater than 98%) of being benign (not cancer). The findings are not expected to change over time. But since itís not proven benign, short term follow up is recommended.

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