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How do you screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?

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Dr. Keith Monson
General Surgery 23 years experience
Physical exam: The mainstay of surveillance for breast cancer in a mastectomized breast is frequent physical exam by a physician. I examine my patients every 6 months for the first five years after mastectomy. It is also important to continue getting mammograms annually in the non-mastectomized breast.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Exams: Through physical exams and sometimes imaging. Have a mastectomy does not take your risk of having breast cancer to 0%.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

Which test is used to screen for breast cancer in patients who have already had a mastectomy?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Increased chance: Of developing cancer in the other breast, annual mammograms. Also, your doctor will also test for liver and bone spread with blood tests.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can they check for breast cancer after a mastectomy?

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Dr. Serena Chen
Fertility Medicine 33 years experience
See a breast surgeon: Mammogram, ultrasound and MRI may all be helpful. The important thing is to have a breast surgeon with experience following you, interpreting all test results and coordinating your care. Take care and best of luck.

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