Benign Breast Changes

If you have found a new breast lump, do not panic. Have the lump or abnormality checked by a health care provider. Even if you have cysts or fibroadenoma, do not assume that a new lump will be the same.

Benign breast conditions are non-cancerous conditions of the breast that can result in lumps or abnormalities. A radiologist usually will be able to tell the difference between a benign breast lump and a cancerous breast lump on the mammography film.

Inflammatory Breast Cancer

Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is the most aggressive form of breast cancer. It is called inflammatory breast cancer because its main symptoms are swelling and redness of the breast. It is a less common form of invasive ductal cancer. Unlike other forms of breast cancer, IBC often lacks a distinct lump or tumor. Instead, it grows in nests or sheets that spread through the breast. Read more information about Inflamatory Breast Cancer and to see a list of symptoms.

Diagnostic Procedures

There are many types of diagnostic procedures to determine if a lump or abnormality is breast cancer.

Diagnostic Mammogram
A diagnostic mammogram may be ordered by a radiologist after an initial mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is used to evaluate a woman with a breast problem/symptom or an abnormal finding on a screening mammogram. The diagnostic mammogram will be focused on the areas where there appeared to be abnormal tissue. It should be performed under the direct, on-site supervision of a board certified radiologist.

Biopsies
There are different types of biopsies depending on what you and your doctor decide and depending on the nature and location of the abnormality. There are two types of biopsies, the needle biopsy and the surgical biopsy. To find out more information about the types of biopsies and the procedures of each, please click on the following link to read more about a biopsy.

Mammography Resources

The FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) has developed an online guide to search for certified mammography facility. Mammography facilities are rated on certain criteria and updated weekly on the FDA website. To search for a certified mammography facility, click here.