The Call No Woman Wants To Get
As much as you might really like your OB/GYN you really don't want to get a phone call that starts off "This is Doctor...."
Then when it is followed by "there is an abnormality in your recent mammogram" it can make your head spin, you may not hear anything else. We are here to tell you to take a deep breath. Once a radiologist detects an abnormality there are some steps that have to happen - your Doctor will schedule an ultrasound, another mammogram or a compression mammogram. These tests determine if there is a need for a biopsy.
The good news is that the odds are in your favor - only five percent to 15 percent of screening mammograms require more testing such as additional mammograms or ultrasound. Most of these tests turn out to be normal. If there is an abnormal finding, a follow-up or biopsy may have to be performed. Most of the biopsies confirm that no cancer was present.