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Is it normal to feel worried if my doctor found something questionable on my mammogram?

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If a doctor sees something questionable on your screening mammogram, it’s natural you’ll worry. Many suspicious areas found in these tests aren’t breast cancer, but your doctor will need to take a closer look at them to be safe. So you might need another imaging test or a biopsy.

From: Breast Cancer and Mammogram Results WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: ''Mammogram Fact Sheet.''  

Friedewald, S, , June 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association

National Cancer Institute: “Mammograms.”

BreastCancer.org “Combining 3-D and Digital Mammograms Appears to Find More Cancers With Fewer False Positives”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Breast Cancer Screening.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Breast Health.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Breast Cancer screening (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

SOURCES:

WomensHealth.gov: ''Mammogram Fact Sheet.''  

Friedewald, S, , June 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association

National Cancer Institute: “Mammograms.”

BreastCancer.org “Combining 3-D and Digital Mammograms Appears to Find More Cancers With Fewer False Positives”

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: “Breast Cancer Screening.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Breast Health.”

UpToDate: “Patient Information: Breast Cancer screening (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on December 17, 2017

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