Oct 2, 2008 12:11PM leaf wrote:
Unfortunately, microcals can also be a sign of invasive breast cancer. But several of the abstracts I have read opine that clustered microcalcifications are associated with early breast cancer.
There are probably a lot of factors that go into trying to figure out what your odds are for having a benign result. It may depend on what equipment your facility uses, and the expertise of the radiologists. Plus, different studies will differ.
In this study, they separated people in terms of the BIRAD score of their mammogram; 34% of BIRADS category 4 were cancerous, and 81% of BIRADS category 5 were. (I also do not know if they are categorizing DCIS as cancer. I would guess that they are, but I do not know this for sure.)
I am not sure what this abstract is saying, but I am *guessing* it means that 21%of the biopsies were positive. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17255409
In this study,it looks like overall there were 33% malignant. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16...
This isn't meant as a complete overview of microcalcifications. I'm not qualified for that. I am just picking out the first studies I can find.
There are a lot of new, different methods being tried to better detect microcalcifications, and to reduce the number of biopsies that need to be done.
Its so hard to go through this diagnosis period. Anyone would be scared in our shoes. Let us know how it goes, OK?