Reasons for a Call-Back:
You’ve made it through your mammogram, now what? If you get called back for additional testing, it’s not always bad news. Call-backs are common and do not automatically mean you have breast cancer. Call-backs are used to gain additional information needed to complete the assessment of your breast.
New breast lumps or densities: If new breast lumps or densities show up on a mammogram, you’ll get a call-back. About 80-95% of these lumps are benign growths, such as cysts, fibroadenomas and small lymph nodes that can develop at any time. But, you’ll need additional testing to make sure they are not cancerous.
Suspicious lesions: If your mammogram detects a suspicious lesion, you will get called back for testing. That often means getting additional mammography images and/or ultrasound to target the specific suspicious area that the mammogram detected.
Mammogram first-timers: If it’s your first time getting a mammogram, don’t be surprised if you get a call-back. Women are often called back for follow-up testing after their first mammogram because mammogram readings are largely based on looking for changes from your previous mammograms. Since you’ve never had a mammogram before to use for comparison, additional mammograms and an ultrasound are often used to determine your “normal” baseline breast profile.