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Q: multiple microcalcification clusters.

I had 2 digital mammogram. The second mammogram showed multiple microcalcification clusters. 1 looks benign, 3 are suspicias. I am suppose to go for a biopsy in 2 weeks. What does it mean to have too many microcalcification clusters? Also what does it mean when 2 of the clusters are identical in shape and size. The radiologist wants to biopsy only one of them because he said the other one will have the same result. In all I have two areas that they will biopsy.

Thanks for all your help. Janet

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
3/22/09 3:01pm

Hi Janet - Microcalcifications are almost like a "shadow" of breast cancer; they're not cancer themselves, but are a sign that cancer might be developing. When they're randomly scattered, doctors will take a wait-and-see approach. When they gather into clusters, or form a pattern, a biopsy is called for. Since you have two groups that have gathered into a cluster, it's safe to say the biopsy result from either would be the same, so they only need to take one sample. Again, this isn't cancer - but it's a warning sign, and I'm glad you're having it examined. Best of luck to you - PJH

bobandterryg, Community Member
9/11/13 1:26pm

On One of my Mammograms, It states

1. Scattered Fibroglandular Elements

2. Suspicious Cluster of Microcalcification.

But they always say My Mammogram is Good

Theresa Gaskell 

PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/11/13 2:53pm

Hi Terry - Microcalcifications are a possible (POSSIBLE; not for sure) early warning of cancer; a "shadow" of cancer, as it were. They usually don't develop into anything, but they need to be watched – just in case. If this mammogram was done recently, then make sure they check them next time you have a mammogram. If the calcifications werew noted on an earlier mammogram, then ask your doctor to check the current mammogram against that older one, to see if anything has changed. In the meantime, please read our post on calcifications, for more information. And please don't stress; this is just something to keep your eye on, not to panic about, OK? Take care - PJH

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By janetc, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/11/13, First Published: 03/22/09