Breast calcifications are common on mammograms, and they're especially prevalent after age 50. Although breast calcifications are usually noncancerous (benign), certain patterns of calcifications — such as tight clusters with irregular shapes and fine appearance — may indicate breast cancer or precancerous changes to breast tissue.
Most breast calcifications are benign. Find out more about what can cause them, what they look like, and when to see a doctor. (vascular) calcification; Products that contain radiopaque materials or metals, such as deodorants, creams or powders, may mimic calcifications on a mammogram, making it more difficult to interpret whether the.
Various patterns of calcifications occur in the breast; some benign, some malignant. A knowledge of these patterns on mammography helps in accurate interpretation and management. Microcalcifications can be the early and only presenting sign of breast cancer. Mammography is used worldwide to detect Cited by: 12.