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How Often Mammogram
Approximately 10%: Mammograms are the best, most cost-effective method for identifying non-palpable breast cancers, but are by no means perfect. Some cancers (infiltrating lobular) are very difficult to see on mammography. Furthermore, some women have very dense breast tissue that obscures visualization of a cancer. Therefore, a normal mammogram should never determine how to evaluate a palpable breat lump. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority. This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others. If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start mammograms is also unclear. For women under 50, it takes 1, 904 mammograms to prevent one death from breast cancer. Most groups recommend starting at age 40, but ask your doctor to explain your personal risks and benefits based on your history. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammogram schedule: When & how often to get mammograms at what age varies depending upon who you ask (as well as your Family History). Check out http://goo.gl/sg2NP7, http://goo.gl/vJyiUL & http://goo.gl/3eu4HP. In general, recommendations start at 40-50yo for low risk individuals. This is best addressed by your Family Doc. For more prevention & screening options calc, check out http://epss.ahrq.gov/PDA/index.jsp ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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