Mammogram Shows Node

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Asked by Jayge

Mammogram Shows Node

My mammogram says: Tiny stable nodule in superior aspect of left breast likely a node. Impression: No mammogrphic evidence of malignancy. Stable benign-appearing left breast nodule. Likely a nod. Recommendation: annual screening mammogram

Should my Doctor be doing any follow up on this? I don't like use of benign-appearing as it seems there is a question.

Answer

Jayge, you can always ask for a second opinion, if you're uncomfortable with what the doctor told you. You also might ask what your BI-RAD score is, which is how radiologists interpret and "rank" what they see on a mammogram. A score of 0, 1, or 2 is nothing to worry about. 3 means they see something and will keep an eye on it, but it looks benign. 4 or 5 means you should have a biopsy; 6 means you have breast cancer. So if they tell you 0, 1, or 2, I'd say stop worrying. 3, you might ask for a second opinion. Hope this helps - PJH