What kind of follow-up care is needed?
Surgery is usually performed to remove the entire area of tissue where the atypical cells were found. In up to 20 percent of cases, cancer may be found after final exam of the removed breast tissue. After surgery, increased screening is recommended, with clinical breast exams conducted every six months and annual mammograms alternating with an annual MRI. Your medical breast specialist will help determine if you qualify for an annual breast MRI based on your risk factors. An MRI is especially helpful in women who have dense breast tissue.