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Q: What is breast Calcification? is it dangerous?

What is breast calcification? Is it dangerous or cancerous?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/19/09 5:56am

Calcifications are tiny deposits of calcium in the breast tissue.  They are not dangerous.  The radiologist who looks at your mammogram will notice the pattern of calcifications.  If they are clustered together, the doctor may want to take more pictures or even do a biopsy because certain patterns of calcifications may indicate that a precancer is forming.  Calcifications scattered throughout the breast are definitely benign.  The word "calcifications" on a mammography report is very common and nothing to worry about.  If the doctor does decide that the pattern of the calcifications needs more investigation, any cancer that might be found would be in its very earliest stages.

Here are some links on breast health you might find of interest:

Tips for Healthy Breasts

10 Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Can Olive Oil Help Prevent Breast Cancer?

 

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Elaine Y., Community Member
10/ 8/11 2:29pm

Another manogram scheduled for six months after finding calcification in breast should i be worried?

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Elaine Y., Community Member
10/ 8/11 2:35pm

Another manogram scheduled for six months after finding calcification in breast should i be worried?

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
10/ 8/11 7:23pm

Calcifications are very common, and are not dangerous in themselves.  If yours were clustered in a pattern suggesting  a precancer, I believe your doctor would have done a biopsy now.  It sounds like your doctor is being proactive in making sure that you are followed closely to make sure that you do not develop cancer.  You might want to ask your doctor some more questions to make sure you understand more about your pattern of calcification just to put your mind at rest. There are many reasons doctors might put a women on a six-month mammogram schedule.  You shouldn't worry; do make sure you follow the suggestions for follow-up mammograms.  

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Maria Iglesias de Ho, Community Member
8/24/12 1:54am

Thanks for your answer. I feel relief no matter my Dr. sent me to have a "compression spot" or something like that. Sorry but don't understand what it was. I went to Lab and they took me 3 more mammograms in the left breast because of a calcification there. Don't know results yet until Monday27. My breasts are like sensible and got like big and I feel them swollen. Never felt a thing like that. But my Dr. is very good one and I have faith in God. Im 72 years and Spanish. Thank you very much!.GBY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
8/24/12 5:37am

Well, with three mmammograms, Maria, it's not surprising your breasts might have reacted by swelling up a bit - mammograms can be quite painful to sensitive breasts! Calcifications are usually not dangerous, but can be an early sign of cancer, in some cases; please read all about them in our post on calcifications. Good luck - I hope the swelling goes down soon, and you get good news Monday. Try ice packs or cold compresses; that should help with the swelling. PJH

 

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/19/09 6:40am

Ambu, Phyllis is right. Macrocalcifications are quite normal, as are microcalcification. When microcalcifications cluster or form a pattern, rather than appearing randomly, they bear watching. They're like a shadow of cancer, a sign that cancer might be going to develop; they're not cancerous in and of themselves. So unless the microcalcifications change their pattern, they're nothing to pay attention to. And even if they cluster, it just means they bear watching; it doesn't absolutely mean you'll get cancer. Good luck - PJH

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