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If your results are normal, they will be mailed to you and your health care provider in approximately 3 weeks.
You may be asked to return for additional tests
if we need to look more closely at a specific area of your breast. This does not mean a cancer was found – over 95% of the women called for additional tests do not have cancer.
If additional images are needed, you'll be called directly by a diagnostic office to arrange an appointment for more tests.
About 10% of women will have an abnormal result because of changes seen on their
. They will need
to find out what the changes are and to determine if treatment is needed.
What does an abnormal result mean?
An abnormal result means that you need more tests to obtain a better view of your breasts to determine if any treatment is needed. There are several conditions that are not cancerous. They include conditions like cysts, fibroadenomas, or fibrocystic breast tissue. Additional testing helps to determine if any changes should be a concern.
It's important to remember that about 9 out of 10 women who are recalled do not have breast cancer.
Once is not enough. Research has shown a 25% reduction in deaths from breast cancer among women in BC who are screened every 2 years. BC Cancer Screening will send you a
when it's time for your next mammogram.