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How are mammograms done on men?

How are mammograms done on men?

Same as women: There is no difference in the technique, only the volume of tissue available to be imaged. ...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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How are conflicting screening mammograms resolved, especially when they were done at different facilities?

How are conflicting screening mammograms resolved, especially when they were done at different facilities?

The answer to your question isn't straightforward: Most abnormalities found on screening mammograms turn out to be insignificant — in other words, not breast cancer — when additional views are completed. What's most important is whether the second facility reviewed and compared their images with those from your first mammogram. This is necessary to understand what the original concern was, and to determine if additional imaging may be required. You may need more mammogram images — sometimes called magnified or compression views — or evaluation with a breast ultrasound. After these additional imaging tests, the radiologist will determine whether a biopsy to remove a sample of tissue for testing is recommended. It's most helpful for the radiologist who reads the mammograms to have your current mammograms and your past mammograms to assess whether the area of concern is stable or new. This may require the facility you choose to request your previous mammograms from other facilities. Another important piece of information in the evaluation of an abnormal mammogram is to find out if you have noticed a new change, such as a breast lump or skin changes, or if your doctor has detected an abnormality during a recent clinical breast examination. If you're still uncomfortable with the radiology report and evaluation, then you may wish to get another opinion at a breast center. A short-term follow-up in six months may be recommended to repeat the breast examination, to assess for stability in the mammogram images and to determine if an additional test, such as a biopsy, is necessary. ...Read more

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How can young women find breast cancers early, if mammograms aren't done until they are older?

How can young women find breast cancers early, if mammograms aren't done until they are older?

Breast self exam: Breast cancer is rare in young women, but not impossible. It is good to be comfortable knowing what are normal "lumps and bumps" for you and how your breast change during your menstural cycle. If you notice a lump that is new or diffferent, or any nipple bleeding or discharge, bring it to your dr.'s attention asap. Most woment find their own masses. Be comfortable performing a breast self exam. ...Read more

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It seems women are always being told they must/should undergo cancer screenings but are not given any risk/downside info as men are for prostate screening. Why? Shouldn't women be fully informed too?

It seems women are always being told they must/should undergo cancer screenings but are not given any risk/downside info as men are for prostate screening. Why? Shouldn't women be fully informed too?

Screening is vital.: Screening for breast, cervical, or colorectal cancer can decrease cancer mortality. Although screening for these cancers is recommended by the uspstf, screening rates in the United States do not meet targets. ...Read more

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How far along are they finding new tests for prostate cancer?

How far along are they finding new tests for prostate cancer?

Not far enough: We do not expect any major changes in testing for prostate cancer. There is some exciting work on molecular diagnostics but the simple answer is there is nothing new and ready to use. ...Read more

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How are men tested for breast cancer?

How are men tested for breast cancer?

Same as women.: When a new breast lump is found in either a man or woman, a biopsy is necessary to determine if a cancer is present. Men at high risk for breast cancer can also have mammograms to screen for cancer. ...Read more

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For a normal pregnancy, how many ultrasounds are done and when are these done?

For a normal pregnancy, how many ultrasounds are done and when are these done?

Let me advise you: Fetal ultrasound is often done during the first trimester to confirm and date the pregnancy and again during the second trimester — between 18 and 20 weeks — when anatomic details are visible. If your baby's health needs to be monitored more closely, ultrasounds might be repeated throughout the pregnancy. ...Read more

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How many women undergo IVF treatments each year? How popular are IVF treatments? How many women would you say likely try this each year? .

How many women undergo IVF treatments each year? How popular are IVF treatments?  How many women would you say likely try this each year?

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Many: Hundreds of thousands of women each year have ivf. Age ranges from 18-50 years. It is now a very common treatment. ...Read more

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Have 3 warts on scrotum.But used condoms at all times. What are my risks of penile cancer?uncircumsised. can biopsy serotyping tell what strain? Help!

Have 3 warts on scrotum.But used condoms at all times. What are my risks of penile cancer?uncircumsised. can biopsy serotyping tell what strain? Help!

Hard to say: Condoms can reduce but not prevent the spread of HPV. The wart strains are also not known to trigger cancer.However, the contacts involved in getting one strain can also give you the other strains that are. You can have specific serum studies done to see what strains your body has developed antibodies to. Most are at very low risk. ...Read more

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Read that most liver and kidney cysts appear in people over age 50, so why do I have them at age 35?? (found incidentally on CT scan)

Read that most liver and kidney cysts appear in people over age 50, so why do I have them at age 35?? (found incidentally on CT scan)

Who knows?: These are one of the minor mysteries of medicine. When they occur together at a young age, I've thought perhaps it's a minor variant at the genetic locus for polycystic kidney disease (which often features liver cysts). It's not worth even thinking about. Older folks get more kidney cysts because of vascular changes (maybe) and mutations (maybe). Or it could be dumb luck. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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How often are ultrasounds ordered the same time a mammogram is?

How often are ultrasounds ordered the same time a mammogram is?

Ultrasound: With the recognition of breast density as a risk factor for breast cancer, and the limitations of mammo in the setting of dense breasts, it is becoming more and more common for adjunct screening breast ultrasounds to be requested in addition to screening mammograms.The traditional role of ultrasound, as a problem solving tool and biopsy facilitator, is changing. So this is an evolving situation. ...Read more

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Do angiosarcomas of the breast grow quickly? Why are there so many false negatives on biopsy?

Do angiosarcomas of the breast grow quickly? Why are there so many false negatives on biopsy?

It is a bad Cancer!: Angiosarcoma of the breast is a well known entity, yet it is uncommon and difficult to diagnose because of the diffuse infilteration of the sarcoma into the normal tissues. Prognosis tends to be bad unless it is a small tumor and it is treated aggressively by a medical oncologist who is also a sarcoma expert(rare speciality). ...Read more

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What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

What percentage of women who have lumps in their breasts are diagnosed with breast cancer after being scanned?

Not very high: Majority of lumps ( not masses ) are lumpy breast with areas of thickness are not malignant, but biopsy is needed not to miss a cancer, about 20% of time they will be malignant. ...Read more

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What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? From what age they need to start?

What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? 
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Age 40: The American Cancer Society and the American College of OB GYN occasionally offer different age start dates, but 40 is appropriate. ...Read more

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How are women prepared for a mammogram?

How are women prepared for a mammogram?

Not as important: Some studies claim that mammograms are better performed at a certain time of the menstrual cycles. More important is the reading... Age, density of the breast, comparison with previous mammograms... Risk factors as age, family history, previous cancer..... Are important in determining the frequency... Consult with your doctor.... ...Read more

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Men (Definition)

Men are adult members of the male sex. The acropnym men also stands for multiple endocrine neoplasia, a hereditary condition that involves benign and malignant tumors of various glands. There are two main types, men ...Read more


Male (Definition)

Male refers to the masculine gender, those people ...Read more