I wonder if I need to give the FORCE message board reading a rest.
I just read this on one of boards regarding breast microcalfications and how to know if they’re likely to be cancerous:
There will be a BIRADS number on the radiologist’s report that ranges between 1 and 5. This number tells how suspicious the radiologist things that the finding is with 1 being most likely to be benign and 5 being most likely to be malignant.
So I looked at my report. It says:
ASSESSMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
ACR BI-RADS Category:
2: (Breast Imaging Left) Benign finding
4: (Breast Imaging Right) Suspicious finding
Follow-up within 4 weeks with right stereotactic breast biopsy.
4 Suspicious findings
4 is pretty close to 5, huh. Another message board contributor says this:
The BIRAD number was a 4 but the nurse practitioner at my onc’s office said that requesting the biopsies automatically rated it that. Apparently, the radiologist noted in a few places that she felt it was “low suspicion”, which is similar to what she said to me.
Johns Hopkins says:
4: This score means that the findings on your mammogram are suspicious and that there is an approximately 20 percent to 35 percent chance that a breast cancer is present. To make a diagnosis, the doctors will need to perform a biopsy to get a small tissue sample.
So, now I’m so freaked out. Mine doesn’t say “low suspicion” – it just says “Suspicious” (so it may as well just say EXTREMELY EXTRA VERY VERY SUSPICIOUS!). And 20-35 percent is big!!
This is why sometimes it’s good to just stay the frack off the internet.