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Posted by: Debbie | 2009/12/01

Stromal calcification in breast

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, since then I (now 41) go for mammo' s..3 lumps were detected, biopsied and normal results. Since 2008 my radiologist suggested a 3month follow up to monitor lumps, there are now 5 altogether. They vary in size, about 2cm in dia. each. On my latest (Nov ' 09) mammo a cluster pleomorphic calcifications were detected in my right breast, the stereotactic biopsy came out normal with these findings: fat necrosis and stromal calcification. My question is, will it stay benign or do I have to worry about it? Can I repeat my follow-up every 3 months or do you think that it will be better to remove all the lumps? Since 6 Nov. ' 09 I have found another painless lump in my Left breast...must I wait for the next sonar? Please advise.
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Hallo Debbie
The breast cancer with genetic risk is associated with a faulty gene, and it may be worth your while to test for this to see if you really have to worry: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA
I would not remove all lumps - it may disfigure your breasts - I think you should know what to look out for in a cancerous lump (increasing size, not movable, usually painless, does not wax and wane with your monthly cycle) and monitor the lumps by self examination. A yearly mammogram is usually sufficient - too much radiation is also bad for the breast tissue. Sonars however is fairly safe to do often, if this will give you more peace of mind.
See http://breastselfexam.ca/
Dr Bets

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Posted by: cyberdoc | 2009/12/01

Hallo Debbie
The breast cancer with genetic risk is associated with a faulty gene, and it may be worth your while to test for this to see if you really have to worry: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/BRCA
I would not remove all lumps - it may disfigure your breasts - I think you should know what to look out for in a cancerous lump (increasing size, not movable, usually painless, does not wax and wane with your monthly cycle) and monitor the lumps by self examination. A yearly mammogram is usually sufficient - too much radiation is also bad for the breast tissue. Sonars however is fairly safe to do often, if this will give you more peace of mind.
See http://breastselfexam.ca/
Dr Bets

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