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Breast Cancer

Mammogram

02/28/2008

Question:

I had a mammogram screening and they said that I have to go have a diagnostic. When I had the diagnoistic they said the mass disappeared without treatment. Is this so? Can a mass disappear?

Answer:

This can absolutely happen.  When mammograms are done, the breast is compressed to some degree.  If an abnormality is detected, it could be a real mass or it could be breast tissue that has not been completely compressed and so looks like a mass.  Additional images that further compress the tissue may make the mass disappear.

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Response by:

Doreen M Agnese, MD Doreen M Agnese, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University