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Q: What is an area of nodularity?

After finding a lump in my breast, I had a mammogram and an ultrasound. The radiologist's report states, "In the upper/outer left breast there is an area of nodularity which was not demonstrated to be a cyst by ultrasound. Biopsy is suggested. RESULTS: Abnormal findings (Category IV). RECOMMENDATIONS: Biopsy." What does this mean?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/25/09 7:17pm

Hi Melanie - An area of nodularity isn't usually in and of itself breast cancer; it's simply glandular (rather than fatty) breast tissue. BUT it can hide a tumor, as a mammogram has a difficult time seeing through it. So that's why you had the ultrasound - to rule out a cyst, which it did. They still feel something suspicious might be hidden here, thus their suggestion you get a biopsy. Statistically speaking, you can take heart; 85% of biopsies are negative. But you do need to have one, just to make sure. Good luck - PJH

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By Melanie, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/18/11, First Published: 02/25/09