What Causes Shadows To Appear On A Mammogram?

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Calcifications on mammograms


Calcifications are very commonly seen on a mammogram. They are caused by tiny deposits of calcium in your breast tissue. (The calcium you eat or take in medication does not cause calcifications in the breast.)

Most calcifications are not a sign of cancer. Other causes of calcifications on a mammogram include:

  • Calcium deposits in the arteries inside your breasts
  • History of breast infection
  • Noncancerous (benign) breast lumps or cysts
  • Pas...
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