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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
I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?
Yes: Mammograms are easier to read and interpret if there is more fat and less active tissue, so it's best to wait 6 months after stopping breast feeding. Also, breasts may still be more tender, and the procedure could be more uncomfortable if the milk glands were recently active. However, there is no increased risk to you (from the small amount of radiation) due to having recently nursed a baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bilateral calcifications were seen in the upper right area on a baseline mammogram. Can breastfeeding cause calcifications? I just stopped nursing 6 months ago...
Yes: There are many things than can cause calcifications in your breasts. Breast tissue is very dynamic and turns over like your uterus (with each cycles). Fortunately, most calcifications are benign (not bad), and a good close-up view is all that is needed. Talk with your radiologist, and they should be able to give you an idea of what they think. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a breast lump checked using ultrasound and told results said unremarkable but get a baseline mammogram. I did this back in may. I didn't hear back, so i figured everything fine. All summer i noticed left breast swollen more than right. End of
You need to be: re-evaluated by your physician. You should check the report of the mammogram, don't assume anything. Incidentally, federal MQSA regulations require that a patient be notified, in writing, of mammo results within 30 days. If you didn't get a letter, your facility may not be in compliance with the law. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A dood idea: Do not apply deodorant that day. The test takes only a few minutes but leave yourself an hour or longer for the paper work and if they had to do more images. Some patients experience some discomfort with the mammogram. But most do not. You should be able to resume your usual activities afterwards. If you don't receive your results in 2-3 weeks call and inquire. Also schedule a clinical breast exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Satisfaction...: ...That you have taken a proactive step to check for breast cancer before it is palpable, significantly increasing your chance for cure. Mammograms are screening tests, meaning that they will find many "false alarms" at the expense of not missing cancers. As often as 5-10% of the time, you will be asked to come back for a closer look, ultrasound, etc--don't be alarmed--better safe than... ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Should I be seeking a second opinion when the radiologist stated an area on my baseline breast scan to be within normal tissue after a repeat mammogram and ultrasound? He would like to see me again in 6 months to compare scans.
Check with your Doc: A mammogram is a screening tool & an ultrasound and magnified views of a breast area would have given the radiologist more information. If no concerning areas are found, your doc has to correlate your risk factors with your clinical exam to decide if a repeat in 6 months is appropriate. Do this first & if still concerned, then feel free to seek a second opinion. Take good care of yourself. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mother had breast cancer at 48. I 37 andy doctor recommended me to get a mammogram. Is it a baseline check and or necessary?
Good idea: Typically recommend baseline at 35 in women who have first degree relative (mother) with breast cancer. Or, begin routine screening at 10 years younger than the age of the youngest relative w breast cancer at their age of diagnosis. Usually, will not screen with mammograms yearly in women younger than 30. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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