Mammograms are an important part of preventative
women’s services. Regular screenings on the schedule suggested by your doctor allow breast
cancers to be caught in early stages when they are most treatable. Most
often, mammograms end with normal results, but in some cases, you may
be called back to your women’s services clinic for further testing.
This news can be disconcerting, but according to the American Cancer Society,
less than 10 percent of women with abnormal mammogram results actually
have breast cancer. If you receive abnormal results, here is what to expect next.
abnormal mammogram results simply mean that you need to have your mammogram repeated. This may be
because you have dense breast tissue or because the initial picture wasn’t
clear. After a first mammogram, sometimes doctors need a closer look at
a particular area because you don’t have previous images with which
to compare. Repeat mammograms are usually referred to diagnostic mammograms,
rather than screening mammograms, as routine X-rays are called.
Ultrasound and MRI
Ultrasounds and MRIs are additional diagnostic imaging tests that let you
doctor get a different kind of view of a suspicious area. Both of these
tests are painless. Depending on the area the doctor wants to examine,
you may need one or both of these tests. For some women, MRIs are uncomfortable
because they require being in an enclosed space for an extended period.
Talk to your doctor if you are worried, as sedatives are available.
Results and Next Steps
Often, you will receive your results during your follow-up appointment.
If your provider is confident that the suspicious area is fine, you will
simply continue mammograms on your usual schedule. If the area is likely
to be fine but needs further monitoring, you may need a repeated mammogram
in a few months. When cancer cannot be ruled out, you will be scheduled
for a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.
Kendall Regional Medical Center, the women’s services team and Breast Cancer Center near Miami provide
quality, compassionate care for a variety of women’s health needs.
Request a referral to one of our specialists today by calling (305) 223-3000.
Be sure to ask about our additional services, including orthopedics and ER care.