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What if something looks suspicious on my mammogram screening?

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Doctors spot questionable areas in up to 8% of women who have screening mammograms. If this happens to you, you may need more tests. Of those women asked to return for further testing, only 10% will have breast cancer.

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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