Understanding Breast Changes

Understanding Breast Changes
Understanding Breast Changes
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This guide helps women understand next steps after an abnormal mammogram finding. It’s reassuring to know that less than 10% of women called back for more tests are found to have breast cancer. Learn about normal breast changes which can happen over a women’s lifetime that are not cancer and what it means to have dense breasts. Mammogram images are presented to show you what a radiologist sees and help you understand why additional tests may be advised.

Perhaps most helpful is the table of breast conditions that explains common breast conditions and how they are monitored or treated. Breast conditions covered include: adenosis, atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), atypical lobular hyperplasia (ALH), cysts, ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), fat necrosis, fibroadenoma, intraductal papilloma, lobular carcinoma in site (LCIS), and sclerosing adenosis. This guide has received numerous awards including the NIH Plain Language/Clear Communication Award and the National Mature Media Award.

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Table of Contents
  • • Introduction
  • • Breast and lymphatic system basics
  • • Check with your health care provider about breast changes
  • • Breast changes during your lifetime that are not cancer
  • • Finding breast changes
  • • Getting your mammogram results
  • • Follow-up tests to diagnose breast changes
  • • Breast changes and conditions: Getting follow-up test results
  • • Getting the support you need
  • • Breast conditions and follow-up care
  • • Resources to learn more
  • • Words to know

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