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(Date Posted:01/31/2008 6:51 AM)
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I'm 48.  For the first time ever I got called back on a mammogram.  They need additional views.  Apparently they views weren't clear enough and there "may be microcalcifications in the left breast."  I looke up microcalcifications and it says they are usually cancer.  Please .... have anybody gone through this before?  Could this be anything but cancer?
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:02/01/2008 8:33 AM)

Call backs are not all that uncommon, though they are scarey!  It sounds to me like they want to get a better view of the calcifications.  I have been told I have microcalcifications, and that while they need to be tracked, they are not a problem.  I think that it depends on past mammos, on whether you have breastfed or not,  how many there are, etc.  Please don't leap to any conclusions here.  Microcalcifications do not automatically mean cancer!  I found this from a radiology site:

About 10% of screening patients return for further evaluation of calcifications (calcium deposits), masses (abnormal growths of tissue) and asymmetries (abnormal patterns of tissue).

There are two types of calcifications: microcalcifications (tiny) and macrocalcifications (large). Macrocalcifications indicate a benign condition and do not require a biopsy. Microcalcifications are tiny specks of calcium that may appear alone or in clusters.  The majority of microcalcifications are benign. In some cases, the radiologist will determine that the calcifications have a benign type of appearance, but should be followed closely with another mammogram in 4 to 6 months to ensure that they do not change. In other cases, the calcifications may have an uncertain or suspicious appearance, and a biopsy will be ordered.
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:02/01/2008 9:00 AM)

I have microcalcifiations, too, but I was told it was nothing to worry about.  I am 50 and recently had a mammogram, and the doctor showed me the calcifications.  Please don't worry so much about this.  The odds are on your side that it is nothing more than benign spots.

Deirdre
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:02/01/2008 4:47 PM)

Thank you to those who responded.  I went in for my followup mammo today and they took several other views and couldn't find the microcalcifications at all.  They said there must have been something wrong with the first pictures.  The radiologist came in to talk to me and was extremely caring and even apologetic for having worried me so much.

Deidre ... I remember you from the old days on this board.  I used to post all the time, but for the last couple of years have had a bit of a respite from my HA.  It doesn't take much to put me over the edge again though.

I had a hard time finding this board again.  Is it new?  Was it out of commission for awhile?  There don't seem to be as many posters as there used to be.  Could it be that everyone's cured!?

Mary
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:02/04/2008 6:38 AM)

The entire AIMOO universe collapsed sometime around Christmas, and was resurrected (slowly) in January.  This site looked belly up because Melissa, who is owner, was supposed to re-activiate it, but she has been MIA for years now.  I asked The Powers That Be at AIMOO if I (as administrator) could re-activiate, and they did.  There are also a couple of other boards out there, but I figured this site is still worth salvaging because of people like you (ie oldtimers!)

Deirdre

p.s. Glad to hear everything turned out ok.  You must be ultra relieved.  Yeah!



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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:09/29/2008 10:22 AM)

I am 42 and just had my first mammogram on Friday.  The radiologist called back today for me to come back in so they could look at my left breast again and possibly for an ultrasound if needed.  I am now anxiety struck and don't know what to do.  When I was getting my mammo I was told that this was a possibility but now that it is a reality I am in a panic.  Does anyone know how common it is to be called back, especially after the first mammogram?  I know I could be over reacting but I am worried. 
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/01/2008 6:18 AM)

I got a callback on my first mammogram. Had another mammogram, and ultrasound and then (scariest of all) a biopsy. Turns out I had a benign fibroadenoma. Very common, but no one knows it is there until you get your first mammo. My doc says I totally overreacted. Oh well...so what else is new?? I have also heard that there are a high number of callbacks on the first mammo cause they don't have anything to compare it to so they have to check out every little thing. Now that I have been having them for years, they ignore all the spots and shadows that are there year to year. You have to get a base first. I know it is scary. I lost about 20lbs during that time I was so anxious. I am betting you are fine though.
Hang in there...and write back and let us know.
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/22/2008 7:29 PM)

 I am 53 and had my yearly mammogram and received a call back for another mammogram. They gave me an appointment a week away. so I called back and asked what they had found. The girl said that all she could tell me was that there are 2 different call backs. One is an ASAP, meaning to come back within 1 or 2 days. The other is not as urgent and can wait, which in my case was a week. She said they need more pictures of my breast and possibly an ultrasound. Needless to say I am so scared, due to the fact that my aunt (on my mother's side) has a double mastectomy and I am afraid of inheriting the same genes. No other indication of what they found, and do not know who to find any information regarding the findings from. I did move my appointment up to this Friday. Hoping and praying there is nothing wrong.
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(Date Posted:10/22/2008 9:11 PM)

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 I am 53 and had my yearly mammogram and received a call back for another mammogram. They gave me an appointment a week away. so I called back and asked what they had found. The girl said that all she could tell me was that there are 2 different call backs. One is an ASAP, meaning to come back within 1 or 2 days. The other is not as urgent and can wait, which in my case was a week. She said they need more pictures of my breast and possibly an ultrasound. Needless to say I am so scared, due to the fact that my aunt (on my mother's side) has a double mastectomy and I am afraid of inheriting the same genes. No other indication of what they found, and do not know who to find any information regarding the findings from. I did move my appointment up to this Friday. Hoping and praying there is nothing wrong.


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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:12/08/2008 8:12 PM)

Hello ladies - I am 52, had my first mammogram on Nov 5.  They told me at the time I would get a call back, since there were no films to compare, dense breast tissue, etc.  2 weeks later I did get the call, and the additional views test is scheduled for tomorrow morning.  It's been over a month since the first one......  I have been trying not to freak out too much but all you guys know what this is like.  If there is any advice anyone could give, I totally appreciate it - and all your good thoughts!
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:12/18/2008 7:39 PM)

Hi:

I am 46.  I have no family of breast cancer.  I have never had a second call back after a mammogram.  However I was just told that they want me to have an ultrasound done in 4 weeks on my left breast.  I am very nervous.  I asked why and she said that they wanted to get a better look at the breast.  Again, I asked why and she said that this was the first digital mammogram I had (vs. the old way) and they now wanted the left side ultrasounded.   How many woman that have this situation (an ultrasound requested)  have cancer vs. a bengin cyst?  I have no symptoms or lumps.  Also, why would a digital mammogram result in requesting an ultrasound.  Is the digital image more detailed than the old image quality?

Nancy
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(Date Posted:02/28/2009 1:28 PM)

YIKES!! I cannot BELIEVE there is a board on this!  Thank God.. but.. how come there are no follow up posts as to what the call backs were about?
I am 61... totally panicked and beside myself with this.  I haven't had a mammogram in YEARS.. like maybe 20? ... So here I think I am doing the right thing. I even TOLD the girl to PLEASE get it right the first time, because if they call me back, I won't answer the phone! The girl who called back said she was only the 'scheduler'... I asked why..she said she doesn't know..but I tell ya.. her voice sounded as this was SO routine.  I wish she SAID that...! So she switches me to someone who could help me.. but Diane wasn't around at 10 in the morning.. and apparently STILL not around because no one has called me back.
Reading this really eased my fears up a bit. I'll call them back..but I will post my results.  I hope everyone had good results with this... I don't want it to be another 20 yrs for me.. because the same thing happened on that first one ... a call back and I didn't go.  I've been fine! Until now.. Thanks ladies!
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:07/23/2009 11:07 PM)

 Hi everyone, I am 45, have been getting mammograms for five years, was called back once at 41 for second mammogram, everything was ok. Now this one @ 45 they called back and want to do an ultrasound on right breast, they used new machines (probably digital?) so maybe that was it, also I was one day prior to period starting. Hope everyones appointments turn out fine. 
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:08/20/2009 3:11 PM)

wow- I thought I was the only worrier!  So glad I am not alone.  I am 47 and just got a call back.  They say there is density in my left breast and they just want to get a better look.  But...I have to wait almost a week till they can see me.  I think I will drown in my anxiety before then.  I am afraid if I don't worry then it will be something awful.
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:08/27/2009 8:45 AM)

Hello,
I just got a call back on my mammogram--this is the 2nd time this has happened in the past 3 years.  Am very frightened.  However, my gyn dr. says it is very common.  They see more dense tissue in the left breast than they did with my last mammogram.  The last time this happened I had to have additional mammogram views and an ultrasound.  Everything was OK.  Let's hope it is the same this time.  I have to wait another two days to get into the radiologist's office, so needless to say I have a lot of anxiety.
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:08/28/2009 11:28 AM)

My call back said there were "changes in the tissue" since my last mammogram.  I am quite anxious but have been able to relax a little more after reading these messages.  Although it is hard not to worry, we should be grateful that there is the technology to detect and treat possible problems so early.  I wonder if that could have saved my mother.  She died of breast cancer a little over 20 years ago at the age of 47.

Marie
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:08/28/2009 4:11 PM)

im scheduled for sept 9th for mammogram and ultrasound.  The place im going to tells you right away and if they need more pictures they do it right then and there .  Im so upset i cant think straight. Of course now im feeling all these pains in my breast and my back   and lots of tenderness. Hope the radiologist  i get is a good one 
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/09/2009 9:28 AM)

I just had my mammogram, and I have had a call back....it takes two weeks in  the Annapolis Maryland area to get a diagnostic appt for the call back. I am so full of fear I can not eat or sleep....someone help me! I have called everyday since the call back to try to move the appt up to an earlier date, no luck. The Breat Center at AA Hospital should put more radiologists on their staff during "Breast Month".....
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(Date Posted:10/11/2009 12:40 PM)

 Pray for me please, I am full of anxiety about my call back Mammo.I have to wait 10 more days......Thank You A
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/14/2009 2:11 PM)

I will pray for you.

I am having a lot of breast anxiety too. On top of that I am having an endoscopy and a colonoscopy and my heatlh anxiety is going nuts.

I have been dealing with this my whole life and now I am 51. Amazing.
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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/18/2009 10:25 AM)

Hello,
I just found this board after searching mammogram call backs. I didn't know a board
like this existed, I'm so glad I found it.
I had a mammo 10/13 and received the callback 2 days later. I was told it was for
"increased density in left breast". Of course I panicked immediatly and couldn't think of
questions to ask. I did call the center and they couldn't tell me anything, so I called my
Dr. office and spoke to the nurse. She read the report to me over the phone, and said
it sure did not sound bad, just they needed to check further. I asked for the Dr. herself to call
me and she did the next day. She was very reassuring, said the test did not indicate anything
suspicious and try to relax. I wish I could. I am now having a lot of pain in my left arm, I think
 from anxiety and fear.
I even called a bc hotline last night, the lady was very nice and said I should not worry about it
unless I'm given a reason to.
I just wanted to introduce myself and I will post again after my next appt. I also was asked to
be put on the list in case they get any cancellations.
I will keep all of you who posted about the same thing in my thoughts and prayers.
Lisa
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/19/2009 10:21 AM)

Hi Lisa..glad you found the board. It is (unfortunately) not very active here but it is a comfort to realize that there are other people who understand. I know how scary the whole call back thing is. I am supposed to be due for another mammo in December and I am already having anxiety attacks over it. My best friend is going through breast cancer treatments now and I have pain in my right breast and under my arm. The things we do to ourselves, huh?
Please come back and post again.

Suz
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/20/2009 1:33 PM)

Hi Suz,

Thanks for the welcome. I wish this board was busier, I sure would like to vent with others who go thru these things too. Everytime I have any changes in my health I completely freak out. If anyone out there has had their callback appt. please post, I'd like to know how everyone is doing.

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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/21/2009 3:22 PM)

I always wonder why no one ever tells us what the results are either I assume all is well and people go on with their lives.
I wish they had mammograms that were good for five years.
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(Date Posted:10/23/2009 6:55 PM)

Hi
I am 41 yrs old and just had my 1st mammo 10 days ago and was called in for more views.

They have recommended a core biopsy for 8mm area of calcifications.

They say it could be 2wks to a month before they call with appt.

My husband is currently serving in overseas.... feel very scared and alone...not sleeping too well.

I worry that if results aren't good it could be spreading while I wait...
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RE:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:10/24/2009 1:21 PM)

I'm so sorry you have had a bad report.
I have read a little on calcifications and they do not always mean cancer,
most of the time they are benign.
I called a breast cancer hotline the other day and the lady was very helpful
and supportive. The number is 800-221-2141. Someone there might
be able to answer questions for you about your biopsy.
Lisa

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(Date Posted:10/27/2009 1:55 PM)

I had to have a biopsy on my first mammogram too. There are no prior films to compare it to so everything has to be checked out. Calcifications are very often benign but checking them out is considered good practice.
I know it is scary..I've been there! But my biopsy was good and yours most likely will be too. It does help to come here and write and vent a bit. People understand.
good luck to you!

Suz
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(Date Posted:10/30/2009 12:19 PM)

I'm new to this board.  I'm 56 and had my yearly mammogram 2 days ago and just got the dreaded call back and now I'm beside myself.  They want more images of my right breast, the same breast that has endured a core needle biopsy and a surgical biopsy in the last year and a mammotome and surgical biopsy 5 years ago--all benign.  I'm starting to think that I have so much scar tissue in there they will never get clear pictures.  I can't get in until next Wednesday for the additional images and I will probably drive myself nuts by then.  You would think I would be used to this by now, but it gets worse every time. 
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(Date Posted:10/30/2009 4:23 PM)

Results on my callback from 10-13 are good. Nothing suspicious. I have a large fibroadenoma, which I already knew about, and it raised a red flag. I have asked before about having it removed, but evidently that would leave scar tissue that would result in red flags on future mammos, so doc has suggested leaving it alone and watching it.  I expect I can look forward to future call backs unless it goes away on its own, maybe after menopause.
Hope everyone else is getting good news, too.
Lisa

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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:11/05/2009 1:26 PM)

Had my first mamo yesterday.  Received a call that I need to see may Dr. for a exam and them more films.  Do you usually get to see the Dr. before more scans?  Any thoughts?

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Re:Mammogram call back
(Date Posted:11/06/2009 12:35 PM)

 Hi,  I am 40 and had my first mammogram on Oct.20th.  They told me if I did not hear anything in a few days everything should be ok and to expect a letter confirming this in the mail. Everyday I anxiously awaited the letter arriving.  I got a phone call yesterday (Nov. 5,09) and they told me I need to come back for additional views/ultrasound.  I was in shock.  I go Tuesday (Nov.10)  They said they see some dense tissue in my left breast.  I have a great husband and 2 small children.  I am worried.  I did not even want to have a mammogram in the first place...afraid of the results.  Common sense tells me I need one, but the silly fear in me hurts.
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