I am 36 and had my first mammogram completed. I had to have a second one on my right breast and the BIRADA came back as a 3. I know that it says probably benign and follow up in six months, but I have read so much different information that I don't know how to feel. My mom is a breast cancer surviver (ironically it was her right breast and she had to have it removed along with her lymph nodes when she was in her late 40's). I have made an apt. with my GYN, but wanted to know what you thought. I have loosely grouped microcalcifications in the right breast. Some material says it's the beginning signs of cancer and others say more than likely nothing. I have also read to wait 6 months for a follow up and I have read to have a biospy. Any advise?
Dear carlaj: A BIRAD 3 result means that this is probably a benign finding. There is less than 2% chance of cancer. A BIRAD 3 result usually receives a 6 month follow-up mammogram. Most level 3 abnormalities do not receive biopsy. However, if you are not comfortable with this approach, you may benefit from meeting with a breast specialist who can review your mammogram along with your other risk factors and help make recommendations that are specific to you and will be comfortable to you.
I am 47 years old and have the same condition as you. My microcalcifications are in the right breast, but they are tightly grouped together in cluster. My fault is that I didn't have a mammogram every year. I waited 4 years. My doctor told me not to worry, but with the history of breast cancer in my family I went for a second opinion. I am seeing a breast surgeon, and he just sent me for an MRI to see what is really going on. I am on pins and needles until I see my doctor. But as you said, most readings tell us probably benign. We can only pray. Take care and good luck.
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