Scared - Asymmetry seen in posterior on mammogram
I’m freaking out a bit. I had my annual mammogram on Monday and on Friday got the report. The radiologist is recommending additional imaging.
The report says:
PRIOR STUDY COMPARISON:3/28/2022 Bilateral MAMMOGRAPHY, SCREENING WITH 3D, CP.
TISSUE DENSITY:There are scattered areas of fibroglandular density.
FINDINGS:DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY:Asymmetry central/retroareolar left breast only seen on MLO view far posterior depth measuring 15 mm.
No significant abnormality on the right side.This patient's mammogram was interpreted with the assistance of computer-aided detection (CAD). Digital breast tomosynthesis (3D) imaging was performed.
BI-RADS Category 0 - Incomplete: Need additional imaging evaluation
RECOMMENDATION:Additional Imaging of the Left breast.Recommend left spot MLO, and open straight lateral views, preferably in 3-D, with ultrasound as appropriate.
I am 51 and had a mammogram every year since I was 40. They have always come back normal, and I have never had a call back.
This year it notes Asymmetry and I’m freaking out that I have cancer.
The one thing I noticed is that in all the past years, when I get my mammogram they normally compress my breast tightly under the box, enough that it’s uncomfortable. This year the girl that did it barely squeezed at all. I remember thinking what a light touch she had. Any chance that could be the cause for the Asymmetry seen in only one view??? I also had a breast reduction 20-25 years ago and I know there’s some scar tissue in there, but it’s never been an issue on past mammograms. I’m trying to hang onto any hope at all that it’s normal.
I have my additional imaging scheduled for next week.