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Q: Question regarding follow up mammogram for micro calcifications.

I had a follow-up diagnostic mamogram because the first showed micro calcifications. The radiologist who viewed this f-u mammogram said the the micro calcifications were in a "tile" formation. Should I be concerned? Should I seek a second opinion?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 3/09 9:16pm

If they're in a formation of some kind, then ask what the next step is. Usually this means an MRI, or some more followup diagnostic testing. So don't let this drop, OK? Ask what comes next. Microcalcifications that are clustered or in some sort of pattern can be a precursor of cancer; they're not cancer themselves, but they indicate cancer might - MIGHT - be forming. So please follow up on this. Good luck - PJH

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maddy from ny, Community Member
11/ 3/09 9:43pm

Thank you very much.  I was actually told that I did not have to follow-up and should just have a mammo in a year.  I will definitely take your advice and get a second opinion.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 3/09 10:07pm

Yes, at least find out what "tile" means - maybe I'm misinterpreting, but usually if microcalcifications are in a pattern of some kind, they'll want to check them every 3 to 6 months... You'll need to advocate for yourself here till you understand fully what's going on. Good luck - PJH

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By maddy from ny, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/19/10, First Published: 11/03/09