I have been called back for an additional , magnified mammogram because of calcifications seen on my screening mammogram, on my left breast. My last mammogram was 2 years ago, and it was normal, though I have always been told I have dense breasts. I am 60 years old. However, on the day of my mammogram, I had not removed my anti-perspirant, or wiped away the glitter lotion from my chest. Is there a small possibilty that the deodorant and body lotion residue may have caused a false reading of calcifications? What is the probability of this?
Thank you so much, Juli.
Dear Juli_e: The concern with deodorants is that they often contain aluminum which can interfere with the film. Whether or not this could look like calcifications is impossible to speculate on. The additional views (hopefully after a shower with no deodorant or glitter applied) will hopefully clarify what these calcifications are and whether further investigation is needed.
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