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Mammograms may show an abnormal result when it turns out there wasn't any cancer (called a false-positive). This means you may need more tests—such as another mammogram, a breast ultrasound, or a biopsy—to make sure you don't have cancer. These tests can be harmful and cause a lot of worry.
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Current as of:
September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineWendy Y. Chen MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, HematologyJoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Wendy Y. Chen MD, MPH - Medical Oncology, Hematology & JoLynn Montgomery PA - Family Medicine
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