Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Doctor discusses mammogram results

Last week, News 18 showed you what it's like to get a mammogram, and now, an IU Health Arnett doctor explains what he looks for in the results.

Posted: Oct 12, 2021 4:27 PM
Updated: Oct 12, 2021 6:27 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — News 18 is continuing our breast cancer awareness series during the month of October.

Last week, News 18 showed you what it's like to get a mammogram, and now, an IU Health Arnett doctor explains what he looks for in the results.

"The earlier you get things, then the better your success rate is with treatment," IU Health Arnett Diagnostic Radiologist Dr. Mark Arvin explained.

Arvin has been reading mammography for 29 years.

"So for us it's really to draw the eye so that we don't miss something," he said.

The technology he uses flags suspicious areas and gives a percentage of cancer risk.

As we've reported, News 18's Samantha Thieke went through the process of having a mammogram recently, and Thieke was surprised at what Arvin found.

"A kidney bean shape there of a lymph node," explained Arvin.

So, Arvin took a closer look.

"Sometimes it's just a cyst, which is really no big deal," he said. "Sometimes, it's an obvious lymph node or potentially a fibroadenoma, which are benign diagnoses."

If you happen to find a lump during a self examination, no matter what age, Arvin said to let your doctor know.

"The doctor will assess it and see what he thinks it is," added Arvin. "A lot of the lumps and bumps that we assess here are just normal glandular tissue."

Luckily for Thieke, lymph nodes are common in breast tissue.

"This here has a very nice kidney bean shape to it," said Arvin. "So, it's a slam dunk lymph node, and so we really don't have to do anything with it."

Arvin said Thieke should come back in a year for another mammogram because of what was found recently.

Women with similar diagnoses are encouraged to come back annually to make sure they continue to have a clean bill of health.

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