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My doctor said my mammogram was suspicious -- what did she mean?

My doctor said my mammogram was suspicious -- what did she mean?

Needs evaluation.: Anything outside of normal or benign needs to be evaluated by further imaging and/or a second opinion with a surgeon specializing in breast disease. The use of the term "suspicious" often means a biopsy may be needed to rule out cancer. Always good to get an accurate diagnosis then you can decide how you want to deal with health challenges.

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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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Doctors, can my mom request for a sitting position during a mammogram?

Doctors, can my mom request for a sitting position during a mammogram?

Yes: They will work around your mom's physical limitations and be able to get it done.

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What are the reasons doctors tell you not to wear deoderant or perfume before a mammogram?

What are the reasons doctors tell you not to wear deoderant or perfume before a mammogram?

Mess up the films: Deodorant or talc powder can leave small white speckles on the mammogram. These may look like breast microcalcifications and can be a problem for the radiologist.

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I just had a mammogram and ultrasound. Why would the doctors want to do an ultrasound on me?

I just had a mammogram and ultrasound. Why would the doctors want to do an ultrasound on me?

Different view: An ultrasound is commonly added to mammogram in women with young, dense breast tissue. The ultrasound can give a different view of the breast tissue. It can determine if a solid mass or cyst is present. The radiologist usually comes in to speak with you during the exam and answers questions.

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My doctor ordered a second mammogram and it's still not clear if anything is wrong. What's next?

Second mammo: Difficult to speculate without details, but possibly additional imaging such as ultrasound or breast mri if the mammography workup is ambiguous.

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My mom never had a mammogram either. How could the doctors see her over the years and not insist?

My mom never had a mammogram either. How could the doctors see her over the years and not insist?

Mammo: What kind of doctors did she see? Did she have a primary care physician, or did she see subspecialists? In any case, doctors can recommend, but not force, patients to do things. Patients have the freedom to say no.

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Doctors can you tell me when should I get my first mammogram?

Doctors can you tell me when should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and most 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 50, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram!

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Doctors can you tell me when should my girlfriend get regular mammograms if she is 24 years old now?

Doctors can you tell me when should my girlfriend get regular mammograms if she is 24 years old now?

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. If there is a lump, it should be evaluated by a physician. Ultrasound would then be the imaging study of first choice.

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How does a doctor perform a mammogram if you have aa cup breasts?

How does a doctor perform a mammogram if you have aa cup breasts?

Can be done: Mammograms can be done on virtually anyone. You will get 2 views - one from head to toe and the other from the side. Women with smaller breasts can be done.

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Hi doctor pls when is the best time to go for mammogram before period or after and how many days after. Thank you.

The first wk: Mammo may be better done in the first week of menstrual cycle - more sensitive to detect breast cancer and less discomfort (pain).

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I'm a strong disbeliever in mammograms due to the radiation. Will a doctor still treat me if i refuse to havemammograms?

I'm a strong disbeliever in mammograms due to the radiation. Will a doctor still treat me if i refuse to havemammograms?

Yes but,: Your doctor may ask you to sign a form that acknowledges that mammography was recommended but you refused the procedure. Ultrasound of the breasts is not at all to be considered a screening tool for breast cancer. Breast MRI with contrast may be a possible alternative but is expensive. Radiation risk is much lower than risk of breast cancer.

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Callback from clinic and physician for second mammogram, why is this?

Callback from clinic and physician for second mammogram, why is this?

The radiologist: identified a potential abnormality on the screening mammo, and it requires special additional views and possibly ultrasound to completely evaluate. This scenario occurs with approximately 10% of screening mammos, and once the additional imaging is performed, about 80% of the time it is nothing of concern.

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Why do doctors ask for both mammogram and ultra sound for the breast?

Why do doctors ask for both mammogram and ultra sound for the breast?

They are not: routinely ordered together. They are complementary tests, and the combination of ultrasound and mammographic findings in the setting of a Breast abnormality often provides more useful diagnostic information than either test alone. In the screening setting, there is some evidence that ultrasound plus mammography in women with dense breasts may have some benefit.

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Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Follow up Testing: This is the standard of care in medicine. If something is too small to see on a scan and that something is suspicious enough then if it is an unwanted growth...Then growth very well may show up in other studies in a few months. This scanning on a schedule is the way medicine is often practiced.

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After having both ultra sound and mammogram my doctor requested a biopsy .. Does this means I am more likely to have cancer?

After having both ultra sound and mammogram my doctor requested a biopsy .. Does this means I am more likely to have cancer?

Possibly.: It's possible that your doctor is concerned about breast cancer. However, it's just as likely that he or she wasn't convinced that what was seen on mammogram isn't cancerous. If the ultrasound showed a solid (rather than cystic) mass, then s'he is doing the right thing by requesting a biopsy. Best wishes.

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Are dense breasts a problem? My doctor sends me to do mammograms every year. But I am afraid of too much radiation! is this a problem?

Are dense breasts a problem? My doctor sends me to do mammograms every year. But I am afraid of too much radiation! is this a problem?

Dense breasts: do decrease the sensitivity of mammo for detecting cancer, but screening mammo is still the standard of care for dense breasts. Dense breasts are also a risk factor for the development of cancer. The amount of radiation from a mammo is minimal, you are 250 times more likely to die in a car accident than get a radiation induced cancer. The benefits of early detection outweigh the slight rad risk

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I have two lumps on my right breast. Went to doctor and will have a diagnostic mammogram done but in 5 weeks?

I have two lumps on my right breast. Went to doctor and will have a diagnostic mammogram done but in 5 weeks?

Sounds too long: If you have new breast masses, you should have the mammogram +/- breast ultrasounds asap. Ask your physician to call the mammogram center to see if s/he can get you in sooner. Also, ask the mammography unit to put you on their wait lists in case any one cancels. I would also recommend seeing a breast surgeon for evaluation as well.

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