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Mammogram has shown chalky deposits, anyone with any knowledge?

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pucca Wed 21-Mar-07 17:03:43

My mum went for a routine mammogram a few weeks ago, and was called back today for what she thought was another routine mammogram, anyway when she has got there they did another mammogram and ended up taking a biopsy from her breast.

The doctor showed her the scan pics and has said there is deposits of chalky substance in her left breast, has this happened to anyone else? I have googled and hasn't come up with anything other than to worry you to death tbh.

She has to go back in 2 weeks for the results.

Hoping someone can shed some light if possible, instead of being in limbo for 2 weeks.


pucca Wed 21-Mar-07 17:18:17


barbapapa Wed 21-Mar-07 17:22:26


I have regular mammograms and know that sometimes they find breast calcifications in some people. Is that what your mum has?If so is this any help? I got it from the breast cancer care site. :

Breast calcifications are common, usually harmless spots of calcium salts that develop naturally as the breast ages and changes.

They can also be seen with other benign breast conditions such as fibroadenomas and cysts.

Sometimes they occur as a reaction to inflammation and foreign bodies such as implants or stitches.

Occasionally, however, they can be a sign of breast cancer.

Calcifications are normally found first on a mammogram where they show up as white spots.

The radiologist looks at the shape, size and pattern of the calcifications to help make a diagnosis.

As well as a mammogram, a biopsy will also be taken to aid diagnosis.

Because the calcifications are so small a stereotactic biopsy is taken, which involves a computer and scanner to pinpoint the precise area.

You can find our more about breast investigations from the link below.

Occasionally the calcification is removed by surgery, using a technique known as wire localisation.

The radiologist uses a mammogram or ultrasound scan as a guide to insert a fine wire into the breast.

The wire is carefully secured and left in place until surgery, which is usually the same day.

Most of these investigations are done as an outpatient at a breast clinic or x-ray department. Some procedures may be done in the day surgery unit.

Once calcifications have been confirmed as harmless, nothing more needs to be done.

Sometimes your specialist may follow up with a repeat mammogram after 12 months.

If you are told that the calcifications are a sign of breast cancer you can find out more from the link below.

What this means
Even if you have been diagnosed with calcifications that don't need any follow-up, it is important to continue to be breast aware, and go back to your GP if you notice any changes.


charliecat Wed 21-Mar-07 17:23:23

sorry to hear this
and if only to bump your post my mum has gout in her feet that and she has mentioned chalky its not just in the breasts that they can appear..

pucca Thu 22-Mar-07 08:50:13

Thanks guys, it is very worrying but from what i have read if it is the dreaded C then it is the best stage to "get" it at, it is the early stages, which is what i have said to my mum. So fingers crossed!

pucca Thu 22-Mar-07 08:54:30

Forgot to add, they took 12 tooth sized pieces of tissue when they did the biopsy.

charliecat Thu 22-Mar-07 16:37:29

Biopsy sounds awful How is your mum feeling?

pucca Fri 23-Mar-07 21:19:58

CC...Yeh she ok, bit sore and worrying though. Thanks for asking

Dibbymouse Wed 29-Jun-16 20:00:33

I went for 1st mamogram 6 days ago. I have received a letter today asking me to attend another appointment on monday for further views.
Trying not to worry as it could be nothing but its easyier said than done.
Has this happend to anyone else on here?

Cherylene Wed 29-Jun-16 20:29:57

Probably worth starting a new thread.

It is not unusual to be called back, especially for the first one as your tissues will be more opaque, which is fine and perfectly normal. most of the recalls do not have cancer. T

he screening mammogram only uses two views which works for the majority of screening purposes, but sometimes a better view is needed. Think of the channel 4 logo where if you get a particular alignment you end up with a number 4. You need different views, to look round the number 4 to see if it is really there.

Dibbymouse Wed 29-Jun-16 21:26:40

Thank you, how do i start newthread, im new to all this x

Cherylene Wed 29-Jun-16 21:30:19

Click on 'start a new thread'. grin It is at the top of the list of threads, on the general health topic (click general health at the top of this thread).

NanTheWiser Thu 30-Jun-16 11:45:53

I had a recall 8 years ago (when I was 61) and the mammogram showed calcifications and something else. 5 core biopsies were done, and the result showed a fibroadenoma, quite harmless. I think calcifications tend to become more common as we get older - so hopefully your mum will get a good result.

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