What Happens After My Mammogram Comes Back Abnormal?

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In the next year, 22 out of 10,000 women between the ages of 50 and 54 will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Mammography reduces the risk of dying from breast cancer by catching potential cancer early.

But what happens when your mammogram comes back with what looks like a tumor? A suspicious area in the breast isn’t always a sign of cancer.

If a suspicious area has been found in one of your breasts, it may be in your best interest to undergo a breast biopsy procedure.

What Is A Breast Biopsy?
A breast biopsy procedure is a test that removes some cells or fluid from a potentially cancerous area in the breast. The cells from the tissue are examined under a microscope. This is done to test for the presence of breast cancer.

It’s true 3D mammography can help to catch suspicious areas in the breast that may be tumors. But only a breast biopsy procedure can definitively determine whether the suspicious area is cancerous.

What Types Of Breast Biopsies Are There?
There are several different types of breast biopsies that are used to determine if a suspicious area in the breast is cancerous. The most common biopsies include:

  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy
     This procedure is done if a lump can be felt during a clinical breast exam. You lie on a table and the doctor directs a thin needle into the lump to collect a sample of cells or fluid.
  • Core needle biopsy
    This procedure is often performed with ultrasound guidance. A surgeon or radiologist uses a thin needle to carefully remove tissue samples from a breast mass.
  • Stereotactic biopsy
    This procedure uses mammograms to locate suspicious areas in the breast while you lie on a table. Once the exact location of the suspicious areas has been located, the radiologist will make a small incision into the breast and remove sample tissue using a needle or probe.

After the procedure, you may experience some breast biopsy pain and bruising. Fortunately, breast biopsy pain can be treated with a nonaspirin pain reliever and a cold pack.

Whether you need an ultrasound guided breast biopsy or a second opinion on your breast MRI interpretation, Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists is the place for you. For more information or to schedule consultations, contact Carolina Breast Imaging Specialists today.

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