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A fascinating study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism has found a strong correlation between reduced Bone Mineral Density and Breast Arterial Calcification associated with cardiovascular disease. Women in the study at Columbia University Medical Center received mammograms as well as DXA scans, and results indicated women with osteoporosis were more likely to have the calcification. This is important because it suggests BMD could be considered a warning sign for women at risk of vascular disease. To check out the abstract, go to http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/93/1/208 .
Breast calcifications: what are they? Are they dangerous? Do they mean I have cancer? Everything you need to know when your breast screening shows calcifications.
Q. My girlfriend told me she had a mammogram done, and it showed calcifications, but the doctor said they were nothing to worry about. I’d heard calcifications could signal breast cancer. Is her doctor uninformed, or…? A. No, her doctor almost certainly isn’t uninformed. Many women have calcifications in their breasts, and doctors can tell, from what they look like, whether they’re benign; whether they could use some “watchful waiting”; or whether an immediate biopsy is called for. Q. So how do calcifications differ – and when might they be dangerous? A. Calcifications appear as “specks” on your mammogram, which is where they’re nearly always picked up. If the specks are large (more dot-like than speck), they’re called macrocalcifications, and the radiolo...
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