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If one has heterogeneously dense breast, and you get a call back for another mammogram because of a finding, is it wise to have a 2nd mammogram done or should one just get to a Ultrasound or MRI?

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    anónimo
    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    Go for 2nd mammogram it may be nothing & u don't want to put your self they unnecessary testing
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    • Christine McCorkle Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u

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  • Betti A Profile
    anónimo
    Sobreviviente desde 2013
    I was called back for additional imaging and U/S when something was seen on my yearly screening exam. Most insurance companies may not pay for an MRI unless it is needed. I recall reading an article on dense breast tissue and MRIs when I was still doing mammograms and asked my Dr. about an MRI and was told you don't meet the criteria for an MRI even with dense tissue. I did have the MRI after my biopsy as the Drs. needed to know how large the area actually was.
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    • Christine McCorkle Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ok thank you Betti

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  • Merri Sedgwick Profile
    anonymous
    stage_1 Patient
    I have gotten that call five times in my lifetime; the first four times turned out to be nothing more than a cyst, but this past May it was stage 1 cancer. All five times they did a compression mammogram and an ultrasound, and I , too, have very dense breast tissue. An MRI was never an option that was offered to me. Good luck to you!
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    • Christine McCorkle Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u and good luck to u Merri. I wonder if it has to be pushed for....or like the other person said insurance doesnt cover except for certain circumstances. I will fit the bill before 5 times happens...and i am to go in to get compression in...

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      Thank u and good luck to u Merri. I wonder if it has to be pushed for....or like the other person said insurance doesnt cover except for certain circumstances. I will fit the bill before 5 times happens...and i am to go in to get compression in now.

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    • Merri Sedgwick Profile
      anonymous
      stage_1 Patient

      Hi Christine,

      My insurance paid for everything, the original mammogram, the compression mammogram, and the ultrasound; I didn’t pay a cent. I have an HMO, but mammograms are preventative medicine, so your insurance should pay for it in full....

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      Hi Christine,

      My insurance paid for everything, the original mammogram, the compression mammogram, and the ultrasound; I didn’t pay a cent. I have an HMO, but mammograms are preventative medicine, so your insurance should pay for it in full. That being said, I can’t say for sure about the compression mammogram and the ultrasound, but you can check with your insurance company. Again, I never had an MRI, so I can’t speak to that. Thanks for your well wishes! I appreciate it! Keep in touch!
      Merri

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    • Betti A Profile
      anónimo
      Sobreviviente desde 2013

      My insurance paid for everything and some on the MRI since it was deemed "necessary" at the time (after a +biopsy).

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  • Nancy Berger Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I was called back for another mammogram and ultrasound Had biopsy of lump found with ultrasound was positive for cancer. Then had MRI which insurance paid for Good thing I had it. Plan was to have lumpectomy and radiation. Because MRI found another very small cancerous lump I had a mastectomy instead. Both lumps were found so early that I did not have to have radiation or chemo. Am on anti hormone therapy pills. If I would not have had an MRI I would have had lumpectomy and probably a year later had a mastectomy because lump found by MRI would have probably grown enough to show up on mammo.
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  • Christine McCorkle Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Ok. Things are making more sense now.. Thank you all! All the best to you too.
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