Patty, 31, learns the results of her first mammogram.
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Patty's Mammogram Results Host: Now we have some images of what you’d see after the mammogram is done, so you take a look and you’ll look at images with the normal and abnormal, tell us what do you think. Dr. Funk: And we have Patty, are you ready? Host: Tell us what a normal and abnormal looks like. Dr. Funk: That’s Patty on the left, she’s normal. So perfect mammogram, negative, normal, benign, we don’t have to worry about you. So you are the picture on the left and there are three main things that make you normal, at least your breast normal. On the digital mammogram the skin is really sharp, that's the outline to your left and there’s no thickness or dimpling to it. Then beneath the skin, the subcutaneous fat is an even black, there are no masses in it and finally the breast tissue itself which is that wedge of white, it shows various shades of grey and white and there are no masses or clustered areas of calcium in it. You might say, “You know when I see splashes of white, maybe that’s abnormal” but when we look at a mammogram, they put the left against the right and as long as they look even and symmetrical then its normal and yours did. Now if you contrast your mammogram to the abnormal one, this woman’s breast tissue doesn’t have much of a density at all. It’s almost entirely black and grey which is fatty and the abnormality which just leaps off the x-ray is that bright white area and anyone who doesn’t see that. I know a good ophthalmologist that you should see. I mean that thing is obvious so it needs further evaluation but that's an abnormal mammogram. Host: So that's great, does that give you some relief? Patty: That gives me a lot of relief. Host: Now in between mammograms, what women can do is obviously self breast exam , so thank you Patty for being here and thank you Dr. Funk.
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