An abnormal mammogram doesn’t mean you have breast cancer, but it’s not something you should ignore. At The Breast Place in North Charleston, South Carolina, Jennifer Beatty, DO, FACS, and the team recommend you schedule a consultation if you have an abnormal mammogram. The team can provide follow-up testing and care. Call or schedule an appointment online today.
An abnormal mammogram means the radiologist saw something unusual in the breast X-ray.
Mammograms are an essential screening tool for breast cancer. Women may start getting mammograms at 40, but it’s recommended all women start routine mammograms at 50. Finding breast cancer during the early stages increases your chances of a full recovery.
An abnormal mammogram doesn’t mean you have breast cancer. Your mammogram results may be abnormal because you have dense breast tissue, a cyst, or some calcification in the breast tissue.
Sometimes the abnormal results are because the image isn’t clear enough and needs a retake.
You should schedule a consultation with the team at The Breast Place when you have an abnormal mammogram. They can evaluate the X-rays, perform a clinical breast exam, and provide additional guidance and evaluations.
The breast specialists can talk to you about the types of testing you might need after an abnormal mammogram. First, they may do a diagnostic mammogram, an X-ray of your breast tissue that includes additional images for a more thorough evaluation.
Or, the team may recommend other imaging, such as an in-office ultrasound. They may also order an MRI.
Results from the additional imaging tests may determine what happens next. If the diagnostic mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI imaging results are typical, the team may recommend you resume your usual mammogram screening schedule. If there are any concerns, they may suggest you have another mammogram in six months.
If the abnormal findings show you have a cyst, the team may do an aspiration to remove the fluid and send the sample to the lab for further evaluation. If you have a suspicious lump, the team does a breast biopsy.
They can also discuss genetic testing if breast cancer runs in your family.
An abnormal mammogram is unsettling and benefits from expert care from the team of breast specialists at The Breast Place. They can provide all the tests and treatments you need to keep you and your breasts in good health.
Call The Breast Place today or schedule an appointment online.