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Mammogram done. Fibroid s or cancer?

Hello - I was just called yesterday from my hospital and was told I needed to be re-checked after a mammogram was done last Friday, April 19th. I was told that changes have occurred since my last check over a year ago and that I had two focal areas of breast nodules that area size 12x5x5 mm; and another 10x3x3mm. Of course, I am concerned and no one will no if they are cancerous until I am re-checked...just wondering if that is a common size for fibroids or just fatty tissue. I am going back for pictures and an ultrasound.
Asked On : Mon, 22 Apr 2013
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Welcome to healthcare magic.

It is not possible to tell about type of tumor from size because sometimes even small tumor are cancerous while big tumor can be non-cancerous.
One way of knowing what type of nodule you have is looking at BIRADS catagory of lesion.It is nothing but standard way of catagorizing finding of mammogram in scale of 0-6

Category     Diagnosis     Number of Criteria
0     Incomplete     Your mammogram or ultrasound didn't give the radiologist enough information to make a clear diagnosis; follow-up imaging is necessary
1     Negative     There is nothing to comment on; routine screening recommended
2     Benign     A definite benign finding; routine screening recommended
3     Probably Benign     Findings that have a high probability of being benign (>98%); six-month short interval follow-up
4     Suspicious Abnormality     Not characteristic of breast cancer, but reasonable probability of being malignant (3 to 94%); biopsy should be considered
5     Highly Suspicious of Malignancy     Lesion that has a high probability of being malignant (>= 95%); take appropriate action
6     Known Biopsy Proven Malignancy     Lesions known to be malignant that are being imaged prior to definitive treatment; assure that treatment is completed

If the lesion is suspicious,doctor will do Fine needle aspiration cytology to determine type of the nodule. So no need to worry.

Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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