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The Callback after a mammogram

By March 16, 2015 - 11:05am
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I received a callback on March 10th after my annual mammogram March 4th. They said they wanted me to call for an appointment to get an ultrasound on my right breast. I asked the girl that called if I should be worried. She said it could be my breast are dense. I don't know why I asked her, she is not a Doctor. I think if was just someone to talk to in a moment of horror. I called for Ultrasound appointment and the first available is not until March 23rd. I have tried to remain calm about this, but I have also had periods of crying and really just wanting to know if this is something to be concerned about. I also have had slight aching sensation in my right arm and right armpit for sometime. I honestly thought it was probably arthritis because of my age (65). Why does it take so long for an appointment? If they see something, shouldn't you be seen immediately? Thank you

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Hi Cheri K,

Thank you for sharing your question with the EmpowHER community.

I can understand your anxiety after getting a callback from your doctor's office.  That's never easy and I say that from experience.  I understand how the waiting can be both frustrating and stressful.  

If there was cause or signs indicating the need for an immediate/urgent appointment they have protocol they are required to follow.  A lot of times the additional test is more of a precautionary further look.

Some women have dense breast (I'm one of them), which increases the need to have an ultrasound done because the ultrasound technology is more effective in examining breast health than with the mammogram test alone.

I would call your doctor's office and ask that you be notified of any appointment cancellations just in case there is a chance you can get in earlier.  Also, I would share with your doctor's office the aching sensation you are feeling in your right armpit. 

In the meantime, take a few deep relaxing breaths and try to remain calm.  I don't want you to make yourself sick with worry.

I hope this helps!

Be well,


March 16, 2015 - 3:22pm
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