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Hospitalized Since Birth Mammogram
Do I have to stop taking birth control before a mammogram? Is it necessary to stop taking birth control prior to my mammogram appointment?
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
Mother is 87, suffering from dementia after an infection put her in the hospital in 2013. Does it make sense to continue mammograms in her state?
Probably not: There comes a point where at a certain age, and acquisition of a chronic dementia, one should focus upon palliative comfort support, and start to come to terms with our fond past memories and cherish the prior years. It makes no sense to perform monitor testing for potential breast cancer at this point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I went for a mammogram they said since i had found a lump they had to send me somewhere else!? Why would this be?
Screen vs Diagnostic: There are 2 types of mammograms: standard screening of the whole breast, using either 2 or 3 views each side and diagnostic mammograms - using all kinds of special views, spot compression and magnification views. Some places only can perform screening type mammograms, and refer any abnormal results to another location that can complete the workup. Other places can do both types at 1 location. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a 8x4x11mm hypeochoic lesion that has grown 5mm since last mammogram/ultra sound 6 months ago. Should I be worried?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Accredited unit: Most mammograms are almost painfree or associated with little discomfort. Some people experience more pain. Use a mammography service that has accreditation. Some services offer a soft pad on the machine which makes it slightly more comfortable. Talk to the technician before the procedure and alert her/him of your pain threshold.. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not very: It is increasingly the norm that a patient will be given an initial impression of the mammogram study before they leave the imaging facility. A final report to the patient will routinely follow by mail in a few days along with a report to the referring physician. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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