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If calcifications are found as well as a lump, does this increase chance of it being breast cancer?

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Re: If calcifications are found as well as a lump, does this increase chance of it being breast canc

Hi Wobblybob

 

Thanks for posting.

 

Breast calcifications are very common and usually develop naturally as a woman ages. They are usually benign (not cancer). Having benign breast calcifications doesn’t increase your risk of developing breast cancer. Calcifications are not something you can usually feel but are picked up through routine screening.

 

As breast calcifications can occasionally be an early sign of cancer, extra tests might be suggested.

 

Having a breast lump as well as calcifications does not necessarily mean there is an increased risk of this being breast cancer. What’s important is the lump and calcifications are fully assessed. It’s not clear if you are asking for yourself or on behalf of someone else. Our information about referral to the breast clinic may be of interest as this explains what tests might be necessary.

 

Do call our free, confidential Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. The number is 0808 800 6000.

 

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm and 9am -1pm on Saturday. Out of hours you can leave a message and we will call you back when we next open.  

 

Please be aware that we will be closed on Monday 26 August due to the bank holiday.

 

Best wishes

 

Jane

 

Breast Cancer Care Nurse

 

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If calcifications are found as well as a lump, does this increase chance of it being breast cancer?