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Is it more better to get a sonogram verses a mammogram in a woman under age 35 ?

Is it more better to get a sonogram verses a mammogram in a woman under age 35 ?

Often sonogram: Most centers would start with an ultrasound of the breast in a woman <35 to work up a lump or other palpable abnormality. Only in the setting of a patient with a family history (for instance your mother diagnosed with breast cancer premenopausally) would you start with a mammogram. In that case, the mammogram would start at the age at diagnosis minus 10 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Mammogram (Definition)

A mammogram is the "gold standard" screening test for breast cancer. It's well established that yearly 'grams will DX cancers well before they are palpable, leading to earlier diagnoses and saved lives. All experts agree to begin yearly mammograms by age 50; many (including myself) believe the pro's outweigh the con's to begin at 40. Regrettably, less than half of all women ...Read more


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When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but i want to make sure i'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but i want to make sure i'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

Currently, : Currently, at our institution we recommend that a woman with no risk factors begin yearly screening mammography at age 40. However, the recommendation for beginning screening mammography has become more controversial due to the recently published recommendations by the us preventative services task force which recommends screening mammography for women age 50 to 74 years. A rationale behind this recommendation is that screening mammography in women age 40 - 49 years results in more false positive results with comparatively few cancers detected. Currently, both the american college of radiology and the american cancer society recommend yearly screening beginning at 40 years of age. ...Read more

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When should a woman get a mammogram?

When should a woman get a mammogram?

Yearly age 40 and up: New information suggests a shortened "sojourn" time in younger women. Meaning cancers can grow faster in women in their 40's. While cancers are less common in this group, more frequent screening is important. Risk of breast ca goes up with age, so yearly testing is suggested. Women with strong family history may need to start earlier. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to start getting mammograms? I've heard several different ages.

35-40: In the abscence of any other significant risk factors, a baseline mammogram needs to done between ages 35-40 years. If that was ok, then yearly mamogram is recommended from age 40. ...Read more

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Which is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Which is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Depends on age: At your age you need pap but if the pap is normal 2-3 years in a row you can do it less often. Mammogram is recommended after age 50. You may wish to check blood lipids, blood sugar and take vaccinations as needed. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/. ...Read more

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From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

Mammography: This is a matter of controversy at this time. At age 50 mammograms every two years may be reasonable, but yearly mammography can still be done. I would be guided by your physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Pelvic exam: A woman over 35 needs a pelvic exam including a bimanual and rectovaginal examination yearly. Your pap smear, if normal, may not need to be yearly. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a mammogram?

At what age can you get a mammogram?

Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read more

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At what age should I get my first mammogram?

At what age should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 46, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram! ...Read more

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