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Nov 19, 2020 06:44PM
I've had lots of BIRADs 3s and lots of BIRADs 4s - and I'll gladly take a 3 over a 4. I've never had any of my BIRADs 3s turn into anything and have never even needed a biopsy upon follow-up. I have had a BIRADs 3 complicated cyst.
Is this BIRADs 3 a new mass, or is it a mass that was previously seen but has changed unfavorably? Usually an unfavorable change does suggest the need for a biopsy, but a new mass assessed as BIRADs 3 would normally be watched, with follow-up screening in 6 months.
With a BIRADs 3, the Radiologist assesses there to be a less than 2% chance that this is cancer. Anything with more than a 2% risk is assessed as a BIRADs 4, with a biopsy recommended. So your risk that this might be cancer is very low, but it's not 0%. I've been on this site for a long time, and I have seen a few BIRADs 3 that have ended up being cancer, but it's certainly rare.
The one thing I've found with 6 month follow-ups is that 6 months is too long to worry. Once the frustration with having a BIRADs 3 passed, I've always been able to put it out of my mind, at least until a few days before my next screening. Hopefully you can do the same!
Dx 9/15/2005 Right, 7cm+, DCIS-Mi, Stage IA, Gr 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR- ** Dx 01/16/2019 Left, 8mm, IDC, Stage IA, Gr 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) ** Surgery 11/30/2005 MX Right, 03/06/2019 MX Left ** Hormonal Therapy 05/2019 Letrozole