Doctor insights on:
How Often Mammogram
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
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
How to perform self examination on large breast? How to differentiate lumps in breast? Is it better to get mammogram/ultrasound? 25 years old, 40D.
Cancer detection: Breast cancer can be detected in other ways, although mammography is the standard of care screening imaging exam. Speak with your doctor. Self exam, physical exam by your doctor, breast ultrasound and breast MRI can all detect potential cancers. They are complementary exams and one or more can be useful in the appropriate context. Definitive diagnosis requires biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Xrays - sound waves: Mammography uses x rays to image the breast and ultrasound uses sound waves. Mammography is more sensitive to picking up cancers but does involve small doses of radiation.Us has no side effects, but is not nearly as sensitive in picking up small cancers. Us is best use to characterise a problem that is picked up on examination (or by the patient) or mammo. Very good for determining cyst vs. Solid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 3 more doctor answers
How often do radiologists miss the mass and get other tissue during an ultrasound guided biopsy for a small(7mm) breast mass? Is this common?
Most are not: An overwhelming majority of women with microcalcifications seen on mammography have no breast disease. A small subset of these women will have microcalcifications that are deemed "suspicious" for cancer, warranting a (stereotactic) biopsy. Of these suspicious microcalcifications, cancer will be found 15-30% of the time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? Wondering how they accurately guide the needle?
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
Depends: This isn't as straight forward as you would think. The implant companies rate the implants to last 10-15 years. That doesn't mean that you will have to replace the implant or will have problems after 10 years. As long as the implant is soft, in good position, and you are happy with the appearance and not having discomfort, or abnormal mammograms you should be fine. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more
Screening mammo: is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts. Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the difference between screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram? Why does the diagnostic one have to be done with breast ultrasound?
Purpose: The purpose of a screening mammogram is to identify breast cancer in women who have no signs of disease, while the purpose of a diagnostic mammogram is to obtain more detail on a known abnormality identified on prior physical exam or imaging study. A diagnostic mammogram need not always be done with an ultrasound. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends .: If the biopsy was a needle/core biopsy, most would surgically excise. There is a small (approximately 20%) chance of finding dcis at excision. Once excised, most patients are considered 'high risk'. These patients may benefit from chemoprevention (tamoxifen) and/or yearly mri. To further assess one's risk, they should see a breast professional. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- How often do i need a mammogram?
- How often should i get a mammogram?
- How often should a woman get a mammogram?
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- How much is a mammogram?
- How to read mammogram?
- How to schedule a mammogram?
- How much radiation in mammogram?
- Talk to a gynecologist online for free