A related discussion, birad 3
i know that the whole thing is scary and confusing.. the birad 3 thing is actually not as scary as it sounds..there is a dialog on this forum that goes into detail about each of the birad scores.
hi, i had the same thing. enlarging nodular density left breast. i went to breast specialist and she compared all mammos, not just the one from last year and found it to match the one from two years ago. apparently it was just the positioning of the breast in the mammo machine. i will also go back in 6 months for another mammo and i think the radiologists are over cautious, which is good, and they like to place the final diagnosis in the doctors hands. 80% of all densities are are benign. i was also told that i had dense lumpy breast....and that was the specialists last diagnosis.
Dear Laura45: Dense breast tissue can make mammograms more difficult to interpret. However, it is not uncommon to indentify a "nodule" on mammogram that requires spot compression. The purpose of spot copression is to better characterize the lesion and determine whether further investigation is necessary. A BIRAD 3 mammogram report means "probably benign finding - very high probability of being benign.. Short-term follow-up (repeat mammogram in 6 months) recommended to establish stability". Without reviewing the mammogram and doing a breast examination, we cannot make specific recommendations. If you are not comfortable with the recommendation you have received, you should discuss the findings with your physician or consider a second opinion, preferably with a breast specialist.