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can mammograms detect breast cancers?

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Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure.
Answered on Jan 11, 2020
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Thanks as always Dr. Rao. This pathologist cannot overemphasize the importance of self-exam even in this "high tech" mammogram era.
Dec 17, 2012
Dr. John Geisler
26 years experience Gynecologic Oncology
Mammograms: Mammograms are the number 1 way that breast cancer is found in the us. The mammogram does not give a diagnosis, they only give a suspicion. Then a biopsy is done to give a diagnosis.
Answered on Dec 18, 2012
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
46 years experience Radiation Oncology
Mammograms: Detect calcifications and masses in some cases, but cannot prove the cancer, you need a biopsy to prove cancer. All cancers are not detectable by mammograms. There remains lively discussion about the value of mammograms, but used within guidelines, remains a good idea.
Answered on Dec 18, 2012

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