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Breast Cancer, Metastatic or Recurrent - Cause

The exact cause of breast cancer is not known. But after you have had breast cancer, it can come back (recur) or spread (metastasize) to other parts of your body.

After you have had breast cancer, you have a higher-than-average risk of having cancer again. If cancer does come back, it often shows up within 10 years after a first diagnosis.1

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Suspicious Mammogram Result: Now What?

You get your routine annual mammogram and, soon after, you receive a call or letter from your doctor’s office. You’re told that a potential abnormality was found on your mammogram and you need to make an appointment for further testing. Although it’s unnerving to get this news, experts say you shouldn’t panic. "If you’re called back for additional mammogram views or a biopsy, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have cancer," says Sandhya Pruthi, MD, associate professor in the division of general internal...

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To learn more about the risk of breast cancer coming back or spreading, see What Increases Your Risk.

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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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