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When should a woman get a mammogram?

When should a woman get a mammogram?

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 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 old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more

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Is it more better to get a sonogram verses a mammogram in a woman under age 35 ?

Is it more better to get a sonogram verses a mammogram in a woman under age 35 ?

Often sonogram: Most centers would start with an ultrasound of the breast in a woman <35 to work up a lump or other palpable abnormality. Only in the setting of a patient with a family history (for instance your mother diagnosed with breast cancer premenopausally) would you start with a mammogram. In that case, the mammogram would start at the age at diagnosis minus 10 years. ...Read more

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Which is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Which is the other thing a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Depends on age: At your age you need pap but if the pap is normal 2-3 years in a row you can do it less often. Mammogram is recommended after age 50. You may wish to check blood lipids, blood sugar and take vaccinations as needed. See this site for more information. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/. ...Read more

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What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

What is another check-up a woman should get every year beside a pap smear and mammogram?

Pelvic exam: A woman over 35 needs a pelvic exam including a bimanual and rectovaginal examination yearly. Your pap smear, if normal, may not need to be yearly. ...Read more

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Does topical estriol get converted into estradiol in women treated for menopause? Is estriol any safer than estradiol? Mammogram/breast exam is normal

Does topical estriol get converted into estradiol in women treated for menopause? Is estriol any safer than estradiol? Mammogram/breast exam is normal

NO; Yes: Estriol does not convert to other Estrogens in the body. It is safer because it's the weakest of the Estrogens and has no link to breast cancer. Studies suggest thta estriol has a protective effect. If used incorrectly, though, it can trigger hot flashes. ...Read more

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When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but i want to make sure i'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but i want to make sure i'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

Currently, : Currently, at our institution we recommend that a woman with no risk factors begin yearly screening mammography at age 40. However, the recommendation for beginning screening mammography has become more controversial due to the recently published recommendations by the us preventative services task force which recommends screening mammography for women age 50 to 74 years. A rationale behind this recommendation is that screening mammography in women age 40 - 49 years results in more false positive results with comparatively few cancers detected. Currently, both the american college of radiology and the american cancer society recommend yearly screening beginning at 40 years of age. ...Read more

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When should a woman start having mammograms (i am 18)?

When should a woman start having mammograms (i am 18)?

Age 40: for average risk woman according to American College of Radiology and American Cancer Society, among others. ...Read more

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How many times should a woman have a mammogram annually?

How many times should a woman have a mammogram annually?

Age 40: 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. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to start getting mammograms? I've heard several different ages.

35-40: In the abscence of any other significant risk factors, a baseline mammogram needs to done between ages 35-40 years. If that was ok, then yearly mamogram is recommended from age 40. ...Read more

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Is an initial mammogram (baseline) a good idea for a 35 yr old woman?

Is an initial mammogram (baseline) a good idea for a 35 yr old woman?

It depends.: If you have risk factors, it may be appropriate. If not, you can probably wait until you are 40. ...Read more

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How can a completely flat chested woman have a mammogram done?

How can a completely flat chested woman have a mammogram done?

Gently: A mammogram can be done on any volume of breast tissue-big or small. Even men can get one. A good mammo technologist can be key in making this a positive experience. ...Read more

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What is the probablity of a suspicious lump (after the woman has a mammogram ) being cancer?

What is the probablity of a suspicious lump (after the woman has a mammogram ) being cancer?

A BIRADS category: 4(suspicious) lesion that goes to biopsy has about a 20-30% chance of being cancer. A category 5(highly suspicious) lesion has a 95% chance. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a woman with knee implants to have a mammogram?

Is it possible for a woman with knee implants to have a mammogram?

Yes: A mammogram is simply an X-ray of the breast. Knee or other orthopedic devices will have no effect. ...Read more

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From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

Mammography: This is a matter of controversy at this time. At age 50 mammograms every two years may be reasonable, but yearly mammography can still be done. I would be guided by your physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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How is a mammogram done for a woman with breast implants?

How is a mammogram done for a woman with breast implants?

Same: Mammograms are performed the same for women with or without breast implants. However, breast implants may require additional views and/or MRI of the breasts for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Yes: The normal mammograms in the past won't protect you from future breast cancer. Also, mammograms are about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so 20% of cancers won't be seen. 1.5 years is enough time for a cancer to double in size 6 times. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If not, please resume your screening mammography. ...Read more

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