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Is there anything I should do to get ready for a mammogram?

Is there anything I should do to get ready for a mammogram?

Mammo prep: Not really, just don't put on any deodorant or powder, since it may cause the false appearance of an abnormality. Otherwise, not much else to do! ...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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I'm going to get a chemical peel and I want to know if there is anything I have to do prepare my skin for this? Or is it not necessary?

I'm going to get a chemical peel and I want to know if there is anything I have to do prepare my skin for this? Or is it not necessary?

Depends : Some peels like the Vi do not require preparation. However some others are better if for a few weeks pre peel you have a regimen of hydroquinone and retin-a which is discontinued a week before the peel. I would speak to your doctor about if you require a pre peel program ...Read more

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What to do if i know there is a way to do a self breast exam to check for cancer, how do I do it?

What to do if i know there is a way to do a self breast exam to check for cancer, how do I do it?

Self Breast Exam: To screen yourself for breast cancer start with a self exam: http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-self-exam If you feel anything concerning contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Thank you for your quick response. I am in the military and also want to know if there is anything i need to be doing to guarantee a safe pregnancy?

Thank you for your quick response. I am in the military and also want to know if there is anything i need to be doing to guarantee a safe pregnancy?

No guarantees: Getting pregnant carries a "risk" just like driving a car. The risk is smaller if you follow the doctor's instructions, eat a balanced diet, and take your prenatal vitamins daily, just as the risk is smaller when driving when obeying traffic laws and wearing a seat belt. ...Read more

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Is there a guarantee way to make ensure i breastfeed baby? Why would baby not want breast? Is it just up to me to enforce? Will I have milk for sure?

Is there a guarantee way to make ensure i  breastfeed baby? Why would baby not want breast? Is it just up to me to enforce? Will I have milk for sure?

Breast feeding: A big reason that babies reject the breast is because the baby can't latch on to you properly.Seek help from a milk consultant. ...Read more

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As a man i would like to grow breast how can I go about it without going to a doctor they all say I have to go to a theropist i feel I should be able to do it its my body so it should be my choice why does there have to be something wrong for me to be abl

As a man i would like to grow breast how can I go about it without going to a doctor they all say I have to go to a theropist i feel I should be able to do it its my body so it should be my choice why does there have to be something wrong for me to be abl

I : I am assuming you are transgender by your question. Yes, your body is yours. However, most doctors go by the motto "first do no harm". For something as life altering as changing your body to align with the gender you believe is correct for you, it would be irresponsible to go forward with treatment without ensuring that you are stable. The therapy is also to prepare you for upcoming life changes. Even if you desire a woman's body, it is still a major life change. I don't know how to go about transforming yourself into more of a female shape without medical intervention. This is much like the reasoning that bariatric surgeons require obese patients to undergo evaluations and possibly therapy before they perform surgery for weight loss. The patient needs to be stable and often they need support as they are growing into their new body. ...Read more

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Is there anything I should do before i go so my doctor to be prepared?

Special Problem: If you sppecial problem for sure i write my question and concerns, if you do not I do not think so. ...Read more

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What to do if i want to get checked every 6 months/ a year for cancer. How would this be done?

What to do if i want to get checked every 6 months/ a year for cancer. How would this be done?

Not practical: Unless known hereditary disease such as BRACA in family with breast cancer or hereditary polyposis with genetic changes, over examination with X rays, or MRI is of little value and may cause problems. Breast exam 2x per year with high family history might help but other exams would be useless and sometimes of no real value on a yearly basis. ...Read more

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I need to get a TB test soon.. Is there anything i shouldn't do?

I need to get a TB test soon.. Is there anything i shouldn't do?

Avoid steroids: Corticosteroid medications can mask skin testing results of the TB screening test ("PPD"). They should not effect the blood test (Quantiferon TB). Steroid medications include pills and inhalers. Topical (applied to skin) should not affect the TB screening test result. ...Read more

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How do I get my vagina not to be so dry during an before sex?Csn I do anything and is there a reason for it

How do I get my vagina not to be so dry during an before sex?Csn I do anything and is there a reason for it

Lubricant: One option would be to try a lubricant like KY during intercourse. Also, there are over-the-counter vaginal moisturizers like replens which can help. As to why it is happening, it could be a number of things: you could need more stimulation during intercourse, sometimes women on very low-dose birth control pills have dryness. If the otc things don't help, see your obgyn. ...Read more

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Fertility i want to go to the doctor to take a fertility test but I have no idea where to go or what to do. What excatly do they do to check fertility? I have been told numerous things and it sounds awful. Will it hurt? And I am a woman not a man

Fertility i want to go to the doctor to take a fertility test but I have no idea where to go or what to do. What excatly do they do to check fertility? I have been told numerous things and it sounds awful. Will it hurt? And I am a woman not a man

To : To find a fertility specialist, you can ask your ob-gyn doctor who they recommend, or do an internet search for fertility specialists in your area. The first visit will just usually be talking to find out your history. You might have an examination or blood work. Depending on what the physician belives is the issue, you may just need medical treatment. Some women end up needing more studies such as an ultrasound to see if they are making eggs (ovulating), or a hysterosalpingogram which is a study of the uterus and tubes to see if there is scarring. The fertility specialist will explain all of these before they happen. Good luck with your treatments, i wish the best for you. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 29 weeks pregnant and just wondering around this time is there anything in particular that I need to be doing to prepare for baby?

What to do if I'm 29 weeks pregnant and just wondering around this time is there anything in particular that I need to be doing to prepare for baby?

Plenty of things: First of all, you must do everything during your pregnancy to eat properly, exercise, and follow your OB MD's instructions. Secondly, if this is your first pregnancy, there are classes to prepare you for childbirth usually available at the hospital. Thirdly, there is the small matter of the baby's layette and "stockpiling" diapers. ...Read more

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I'm getting ready to under go a propolactic mastectomy and rebuild is there anything that i really need to know before I do it?

I'm getting ready to under go a propolactic mastectomy and rebuild is there anything that i really need to know before I do it?

Know Your Options: Traditional mastectomies for cancer include removal of the nipple-areolar complex. Recent data supports the option of "sparing" the nipple and areola, especially for prophylactic mast-x. There are many different reconstruction options depending on which mast-x is done, your body habitus, your goals of reconstruction, and your medical history. In general, a second opinion can be reassuring. ...Read more

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I want to be a doctor but I don't have the money.. Any suggestions? Or advice to make sure it the career I should take?

I want to be a doctor but I don't have the money.. Any suggestions? Or advice to make sure it the career I should take?

Go for it: Study hard and get good grades. There are scholarships available at most schools based on need. It would be prudent to consult your school counselor and get an early start on exploring various options. One option is to seek the support of Armed Forces and that my cover you education expenses. Wish you the best. ...Read more

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What to do if I have to get a colonoscopy is there any bargins out there?

What to do if I have to get a colonoscopy is there any bargins out there?

MAYBE: I assume you are planning to pay cash for the procedure. Look up your local gastroenterologist and call a few. Tell them you are planning to pay cash and see who gives you the best bargain. ...Read more

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I have an 18 1/2 month old and a 7 month old is it normal to not have any sexual drive? I want nothing to to do with, if so is there anything i can do

I have an 18 1/2 month old and a 7 month old is it normal to not have any sexual drive? I want nothing to to do with, if so is there anything i can do

Yes: This is very common and very hard for husbands to deal with at times, but not insurmountable. There is nothing likely wrong with you, but you have 2 children under 2 years of age and that can completely sap you strength and drive. I would talk to your ob/gyn for more info and don't feel guilty or blame yourself. ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I am too contagious or not to go to work?

Is there a way to know if I am too contagious or not to go to work?

ASK YOUR DOCTOR: We would need to know about your medical problem. Your dr will know & may want to see you again before advising return to work. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be for a mammogram?

How old do you have to be for a mammogram?

35 to 40: Under usual circumstances and without any other reasons to do a mammogram, a baseline screening can be done from age 35 to 40. If this was ok then it is recommended to do yearly mammography starting at age 40. There are however, some disagreements as to the efficacy of mammogram between the ages of 40-50 years. American cancer society recommends to get mammogram on a yearly basis from age 40. ...Read more

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