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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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