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12/5/2017Can "round and punctate microcalcifications in a segmental distribution with no evidence of mass or architectural distortion" (my mammogram finding from last week)represent benign condition? I am 63 years old and have always had annual mammograms with no abnormal findings. This is my first abnormal mammogram. I am having a biopsy tomorrow. I am Bi Rads 4. Thank you.
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12/6/2017Hello, I see that you are scheduled for your biopsy today and if you have already had it performed, I hope it wasn't too terrible an experience for you! Bi-Rads 4 is defined as "suspicious abnormality - biopsy should be considered". The risk information associated with that category is further described as "most abnormalities are benign but may require biopsy because this category can be malignant in 25%-50% of cases." So, it is wise that you are having the biopsy as that is the only exact way to tell whether those micro-calcifications are truly benign. Please let me hear from you once you know your results, which usually take about 48 hours. If you don't hear anything after 2 days, I would begin calling the radiologist or the doctor who ordered the biopsy. I have my fingers crossed for you!

Angie Cramer, BSN, RN, ONN-CG

Certified Oncology Nurse Navigator

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