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2/28/2018I have a Parental Hx of Pancreatic Cancer. Upon second diagnostic mammogram results displayed: FINDINGS: Scattered fibroglandular densities. There is persistence of the tissue density on the CC projection. It is not triangulated on the MLO or true lateral views. It has the appearance of fibroglandular tissue. The prior study may not have imaged this far posteriorly.

Probable island of tissue at the deep lateral right breast
Bi Rads Category- 0 Incomplete

The U/S Findings Benign-appearing lymph nodes are seen in the right axillary region. No suspicious findings

Bi Rads Cat 3.

My questions is, with a parent that had pancreatic cancer, should I wait the 6 months for the wait and see what happens approach, or should I be more concerned and get a more let get this conclusive answer?
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
3/1/2018First, density means that there is more breast tissue than fat, which can make it harder for mammogram to see through. Many women have dense breasts. While you have a family history of cancer, unless you have a BRCA gene mutation, there is no direct link between pancreatic cancer to breast cancer. Having said that, if you are worried and do not want to wait 6 months, seek a second opinion. There is nothing wrong with that.

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