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3/5/2018I had a mammogram 2/8/2017 that was normal with a Bi-Rad of 1.  This year, I had a mammogram on 2/14/18 and I received a call the next day telling me that I needed to come in for another mammogram.  I went in on 2/16/18 and had the further testing done and I was told that they had found microcalcifications that were suspicious for malignancy and that my mammogram was a rated a Bi-Rad 4 and that I needed to schedule a stereotactic biopsy.  This was performed on 2/22/18.  The doctor that did the biopsy told me that she ended up taking 2 biopsies because she wasn't sure if there was enough microcalcifications in the piece she obtained for an accurate biopsy.  I have now received my pathology report and I am unsure if I should get a 2nd opinion.  My pathology report stated:

  LEFT BREAST, RETROAREOLAR, STEREOTACTIC HOLOGIC CORE NEEDLE BIOPSIES. BENIGN BREAST AND LACTIFEROUS DUCT TISSUE WITH FOCAL PAPILLOMATOSIS. RARE INTRACELLULAR REFRACTILE MATERIAL PRESENT IN THE LUMEN. (DISCRETE MICROCALCIFICATIONS NOT IDENTIFIED.)

I am concerned that the microcalcifications were not identified and that these microcalcifications were not on my mammogram a year ago.  I do get mammograms regularly because I have had fibrocystic changes and my breast density is rated a 3.
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3/6/2018Many women have calcifications and the majority of them are benign (not cancer). It never hurts to get a second opinion if you are unsure of your results. If you can come to us, we can help you sort through this. Call 443-997-7237.

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