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does a mammogram detect cancer

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
Depends: Every mammogram contains shadows, since shadows are created by normal breast tissue. They are also created by benign conditions as well as by cancer. ... Read More
Dr. Steven Hebert
28 years experience Pathology
Mammogram: A shadow doesn't absolutely mean or suggest cancer. The radiologist is trained to pick up subtle variations seen on mammogram and will suggest biopsy ... Read More
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Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Not at all: There are many noncancerous things that can cause "shadows" to be seen on a mammogram. Usually a "shadow" requires further views to make sure, though ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
NO: More benefits by regular mammogram examination than the fear will cause cancer , accumulated total radiation in 20 to 30 years , are with in safe limi ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Gabor
32 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Risk: The estimated cancer risk over baseline for a mammogram is about 0.004%. To put this into perspective, you are about 250 times more likely to die in ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sumit Sawhney
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Unlikely: Depends on receptor status and stage but highlyunlikely that a tumor picked up on mammogram will be fatal at that age.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Mammogram may: Detect a lump or calcium, but you do not if its cancer or what kind until biopsy or removal. If it turns out not to be cancer, no sweat. Intraductal ... Read More
Dr. Gene Wong
Dr. Gene Wong answered
40 years experience Radiation Oncology
It's very treatable: Generally speaking, breast cancer at older age tends to be less aggressive. If mammogram shows suspicious disease regardless of age, it has to be biop ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Regina Hampton
22 years experience Breast Surgery
Need more work up: When a mammogram has an abnormality, the next step is to repeat the mammogram with some different views and more compression (squeeze). An ultrasound ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience General Surgery
Don't be: Call back rates vary from site to site, but can be 12% or more. Your radiologist is just being careful. He or she will review this additional films, a ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
Any radiation can.: Radiation exposure is a known risk factors for many cancers, including breast cancer. However, the radiation dose of a mammogram is so low that the b ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
It's actually: A poor test with too many false positives (finds things that are not cancer) and false negatives (fails to find things that are due to dense breasts, ... Read More
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Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Not exactly: It just means they see some irregularity and want to get some compression views. If additional imaging shows an abnormality, an ultrasound may be don ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paxton Daniel
38 years experience Radiology
Try to keep: A good perspective. The radiologist is being careful and making sure the breast tissue is completely evaluated. Many times the follow up shows the ini ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Screening: Not all conditions including cancer have good screening tests. You should talk to your physician and likely a genetic counselor to determine risks an ... Read More
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