Breast Biopsy Calcifications
Tracing Your Breast Calcifications before It Causes Cancer
Although good number of breast calcifications is of benign nature but microcalcification calcification is worrisome which occurs in smaller and clustered sizes. Calcifications may invite more risk of breast cancer but such risks are high if symptoms are in both breasts.
Evaluated by X-ray magnifying view calcifications are of great importance. Usually radiologists take help of X-rays to investigate their size, shape and quantity. Once the presence of the calcifications is ascertained they are categorized as benign, probably benign and suspicious. It is not bothersome if they are in benign stage because they don’t cause any harm.They are evaluated easily through mammogram. But probably benign calcifications require medical attnetion, so is suspicious which may invite medical complication.
An interesting reveal is that every four to five patients having been diagnosed of suffering from early breast cancer bear symptoms of suspicious calcifications.
Breast biopsy is advanced option to remove particular tissues meant to investigate further in the laboratories. Sole purpose of breast biopsy calcification is their medical assessment through mammogram to check whether they are in benign or problematic stage. Options for breast biopsies for calcifications are done surgically in which surgeons take sample of breast tissues having calcifications. Minor operation is done under anesthesia. Before doing so radiologists investigate the specific area in breast to prepare for the surgical process.
Pre Breast Biopsy Preparation
Radiologists locate a portion of breat affected by calcifications through needle or thin wire and keep it there to mark finding which is operated upon by surgens in secondary and main surgical stage. Surgeons remove that particular tissue and send it to laboratory for evaluation. Besides surgical biopsy, stereotactic core needle biopsy is also effective. It is applied on the basis of particular location of calcifications, appearance and size. Even radiologists can remove such smaller tissues having suspicious calcifications. This process is completed by applying thin and hollow needle. Local anesthesia is enough to perform such type of biopsy.
Follow up Diagnosis
The cases in which calcifications are to be investigated a follow up diagnosis remains crucial. Mammograms done every six months to see progress remains important. Diagnostic mammogram and routine examination of opposite breast for six months is adviced in such cases if no change occurs in stated time period that too when the patient is more than 40 years of age. Follow-up of one year with no changes is made a base for routine monitoring through mammograms on annual basis.
Diet and Precautions
By now no link has been established between calcium intake in diet and calcification formation. The link between post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy and growth of breast calcifications has not been established yet. Both categories of breast calcifications including macrocalcifications and microcalcifications are deposits of calcium that requires mammogram for further assessment.