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How To Schedule A 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 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
Cost Varies: If cost is an issue planned parenthood is equipped to provide low cost high quality care, and/or referrals. There are also other community clinics, google them for your area and they can help. If this isn't convenient for you, call around and ask for the rates upfront. Don't let cost get in the way of care. Best wishes. ...Read more
Age 50 or earlier: Mammograms can detect breast cancer at any age, but the biggest benefit is between the ages of 50 and 74. Starting in your 40's or earlier, or continuing on past age 74 is an individual decision based on risks and preferences. For a complete list of preventive recommendations by age/gender and risk factors (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...Read more
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
Yearly: Seeing your gyn every year is a good idea. Though there are discussions in the literature about the need for yearly pap smears, it is prudent to see your gyn for a complete breast and pelvic exam, as well as to review your needs re: birth control, calcium/ vit d intake, breast self exam, diet, exercise, and to have a second set of eyes, in addition to your pmd, to evaluate you for non-gyn issues. ...Read more
Visit cost: Visit costs are based on your current insurance provider and your agreed copayment or your insurance deductible. If your are uninsuredand are on a cash basis, the appointment is usually set for a minimum fee that can be agreed upon prior to the visit. The remainder of the visit cost may be paid at the end of te visit or you may be able to set up a payment plan. ...Read more
A few new things: You were probably referred by an ophthalmologist for some condition in which the nervous system and eyes interact . Many of the tests are the same but the emphasis will be more on how the eyes are having difficulty due to nervous system problems. You probably will think the exams are similar but the interpretation will be more in depth in the direction of the brain and nerves. ...Read more
How does a doc find out if a woman's breast tissue is too dense for an accurate result on a mammogram? Can he/she know before the mammogram?
What does a breast ultrasound tell you? I found a lump in my breast and am scheduled for an ultrasound to get a better look. What exactly will the dr be able to tell from the ultrasound?
The type of the lump: Using an ultrasound, most of the time a breast lump can be categorized as a cyst which is usually benign or a solid lump which is commonly benign but sometimes it may be cancerous. If there is sfficient degree of suspicion, the reviewing physician may recommend a biopsy. Occasionally the lump may be just thickened breast tissue. Pease follow thru with your test. In addition at your age a mammogram is also recommnded. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to get a referral from your doctor to get a breast enlargment/lift after childbirth?
Breast Implant Refer: Referral from your primary care physician is not necessary in order to complete breast augmentation, breast lift after childbirth. Breast augmentation and breast lift are cosmetic procedures and totally elective. You must be in good health, have completed breast feeding activities and have realistic expectations. Review with a board certified cosmetic surgeon is recommended. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Expect to: Most recommend pelvic exams by 21 or within two years of starting sexual activity. Birth control requests would fall in this category.Any sexual activity requires surveillance for evidence of cervical dysplasia or std's. Your primary care provider may refer you for specific consultations when necessary. ...Read more
Not Necessarily.: Breast reduction surgery performed for the appropriate candidate tends to be one of the most patient pleasing operations performed, regardless of age .In my practice, timing of breast reduction surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis. It is certainly not too early to learn as much as possible about the procedure and the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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