Common "Mammogram" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


An x-ray of the breast taken to detect and diagnose breast cancer is called mammogram. It is recommended that women over 40 years should get a mammogram done ones in 2 years. This test is ordered when the doctor feels a lump or detects any other sign of breast cancer.

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I have a small-sized BI-RADS III lesion. Should I worry?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a breast MRI two months ago, a routine screening due to BRCA1 status. There was a non-mass lesion seen on the left breast which the radiologist said was stable for three years. On the right breast, there were three foci seen, two measuring 5 mm and one 3 mm. The 5 mm foci have be...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A BI-RADS III (Breast Imaging-Reporting and Data System) means the lesion has a high probability of being benign and something which is not of a serious concern. The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a detailed test and has good accuracy. However, a suspected BI-...  Read Full »

Kindly explain about the mammogram results taken for red line on breast.

Query: Hello doctor, I woke up this morning to see a small red line or vein on the top of my left breast. I had a breast check up and mammogram 6 months ago which was clear. Is this normal? What is it?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This does not appear worrisome to me (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This appears like erythematous lesion due to inflammation. This has probably occurred due to some trauma like due to pressure of folds in clothing or bed sheet or lying over the ch...  Read Full »

After an abortion, why do my breasts differ in size?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an abortion five weeks ago and I noticed that my breasts have been returning to their normal size. But, one of my breasts has become significantly larger than my other breast. Should I be concerned? Should I see a gynecologist?  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If, like you said, one of your breasts is significantly larger than the other, then definitely you should consult a gynecologist for a clinical examination and if required, get a sonography, mammography and also some blood tests like prolactin level done. Generally, ...  Read Full »

I am getting a new breast lump in the same place after removal of the old one. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31 years old. No family history of breast cancer. I have never been pregnant and never used a contraceptive. Before two years, I felt a breast lump (breast cyst-did does not disappear with aspiration. Aspirate was straw-colored). Got it out a year later. Biopsy showed fibrocystic...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I completely understand how you feel. Let me start by saying that a majority of breast cysts are not malicious, and unfortunately, they do have a tendency to keep coming back. Numerous women leave them as it is and stay on regular follow up to keep an eye on the size...  Read Full »

What is the correct age to get a preventive mammogram?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old woman without a family history of breast cancer. I am contemplating a mammogram as a preventive measure. Could you share guidance on the recommended age to begin mammography and its frequency for someone with my profile? Additionally, are there specific risks or cons...  Read Full »

Dr. Ruchi Sharma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. According to newer guidelines, breast cancer screening should commence at age 40, with recommended mammograms every one to two years until age 75. The frequency may vary based on professional societies. Medical decisions ...  Read Full »

My mother has triple-positive breast cancer. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My mother received a diagnosis of triple-positive breast cancer approximately one week ago. At the time of diagnosis, the tumor measured just under 0.79 inches (2 cm) with no suspected spread, and the axilla appeared normal on both ultrasound and mammogram scans. We are awaiting inform...  Read Full »

Dr. Arshad Hussain Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. From the information provided, it appears to be a localized cancer. However, further investigations are needed for confirmation. A PET CT ( Positron emission tomography-computed tomography) scan is recommended to assess...  Read Full »

I have a painful and red lump in my breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump in between my breasts. I have had it for a couple of years. Yesterday, I noticed that it got slightly bigger. Also, it became painful and red. Is there a possibility that it might be cancerous? I do not have any family history of breast cancer.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to We are here to help you. The presence of a breast lump warrants a thorough assessment to rule out the possibility of malignancy. While in many instances, the lump is benign and referred to as fibroadenoma, instances of sudden redness and pain could indicate a secondary i...  Read Full »

Which specialist will perform surgery for galactocele?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife stopped breastfeeding our third child five months ago, after a lot of sucking difficulties and painful nipples. Because of that, her breasts plugged and did not empty properly. She has tried breast pump without any luck. She has now developed painful galactoceles on both her br...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A galactocele is a milk filled space inside the breast. Breast problems are common after childbirth in those women who had stopped breastfeeding or experienced sucking difficulties. Firstly, I hope you are sure that it is truly a galactocele and not any other swellin...  Read Full »

I wanted to understand breast cancer screening. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 55-year-old female. I wanted to know about breast cancer screening. As a proactive individual concerned about my health, I want to understand the importance of breast cancer screening, the available methods, and the recommended guidelines. Can you explain why breast cancer screen...  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. Regarding your questions about breast cancer screening, it is important to screen for breast cancer if you are a breastfeeding mother, or 55 years and above to avoid the risk of developing breast cancer. The available methods are ultrasou...  Read Full »

I have a lump in my breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 32-year-old woman. A week before, I could feel a small lump in my right breast. So I was worried and got that checked, the doctor suggested mammography. The reports showed that the lump is 1.2 cm, the doctor said it does not require any treatment, however, it should be monitored ...  Read Full »

Dr. Khushbu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the I can understand your concern. This can be fibroadenoma, so it is not harmful but must be examined timely to watch for progress. There is no medicine to reduce it. You can opt for surgical intervention which can be day care followed by a histopathological examin...  Read Full »

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