I have been diagnose with having nodular parenchymal patter on my right breast and they also saw cystic and intramammary lymph nodes without definitive mass seen. They are sending me for an MRI and have asked me to continue having mammograms every six months. Having the above diagnoses, does this place me at higher risk for breast cancer?
Dear Faithfulone: The information you have provided describes breast tissue that is not uniform and includes additional benign (non cancerous) structures (cysts and lymph nodes). These things do not increase one's risk of breast cancer but they can make mammography more difficult to read and interpret. An MRI is an additional test that may further clarify that there is nothing concerning within the tissue. More frequent follow up will assist the radiologist in identifying any possible changes that would require additional investigation.
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