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Body Calcium
November 2001

Q. I need some information on Micro Calcifications. I have these in my left breast and I want to know how they are treated.

A. Calcium is often deposited in tissue as the body's response to injury or inflammation. The presence of calcium does not clarify the diagnosis but is a warning signal that needs further evaluation. Calcium or microcalcification seen on a mammogram definitely needs evaluation as it can signify breast cancer. The pattern and location of the calcium can be a helpful sign as well, but a tissue sample (biopsy) is often needed to clarify the diagnosis. Your doctor can guide you as to what should be done.

WEB REFERENCES:

http://cis.nci.nih.gov/fact/5_28.htm

http://www.familydoctor.org/healthfacts/018/

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