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Doctor insights on: Losing Weight And Mammogram Changes

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Does losing weight cause your mammogram to look different?

Does losing weight cause your mammogram to look different?

Yes: Weight loss obviously causes your breasts to be smaller and less dense. Your mammograms will look different. Fat doesn't show up on a mammogram; it is the grey in the background. The breast ducts and vessels do show up. If you lose fat in your breasts, you may see more ducts and vessels in your mammogram. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


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What does it mean if mammogram tech asks if you had change in weight since your last mammogram?

What does it mean if mammogram tech asks if you had change in weight since your last mammogram?

Xray density: If there has been a gain in weight, the breast will have more fatty tissue to "look through" with the mammogram. If a weight loss, there is sometimes more fibrous tissue increasing the density. Comparisons of two or more previous mammograms make it easier to spot changes and possible tumors. ...Read more

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Will weight loss cause a change in focal density on a mammogram?

Will weight loss cause a change in focal density on a mammogram?

Usually not: Losing weight can reduce the overall fat content of the breast tissue but this will cause a generalized increase in breast density that should be seen on both sides. ...Read more

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Why would a mammogram tech ask if you have gained weight since your last mammogram?

Why would a mammogram tech ask if you have gained weight since your last mammogram?

Weight gain: Possibly your mammogram changed in appearance, or technical factors changed, and tech asked about weight gain to account for the change. ...Read more

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I had the change at 52. I have taken some form of estrogen since then (40 years). Do I need mammogram?

I had the change at 52. I have taken some form of estrogen since then (40 years). Do I need mammogram?

Yes, absolutely: You need and should have a mammogram once a year- especially because of the age and due to your hormonal replacement therapy that can give you some increased risk for development of breast cancer. Don't wait anymore- go to see your gynecologist or pmd- have a proper breast exam and annual screening mammogram. ...Read more

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My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but I'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

My 2013 mammogram result: some calcifications no changes from 2012. Dr said is good since no chng but I'm worried. Wat r calcifications?

Calcifications: Are tiny calcium deposits in the breast. There are multiple causes, most of them benign. Most of the calcifications that show up on mammography are of no concern. Some will require follow up or biopsy. Based on their size, shape, and distribution, the radiologist will be able to determine how the calcifications should be handled. ...Read more

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What does it mean that I got insulted when a mammogram tech asked if I gained weight since last mammogram and then she hurt me?

What does it mean that I got insulted when a mammogram tech asked if I gained weight since last mammogram and then she hurt me?

Change on mammogram: The technologist may have asked because of a change in appearance of the breasts on the mammogram. Sometimes, adipose tissue is deposited in the breasts as one gains weight and the breasts look larger compared with the prior study. ...Read more

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After routine mammogram, they need additional views. They said I had change in dense areas. I saw alot of white on image.? Is this common at age 53.

After routine mammogram, they need additional views. They said I had change in dense areas. I saw alot of white on image.? Is this common at age 53.

Yes, both: Normal fibroglandular breast tissue and abnormal findings are generally white, so there is white on every mammogram. If there is a lot of white, the breasts are called "dense". This is normal, but dense breasts may make the mammo more difficult to interpret, and there is a greater chance that additional views will be needed. You can have dense breasts at 53. ...Read more

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Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. What's the latest for mammograms?

Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. What's the latest for mammograms?

No change: The United States preventitiv task force back tracked and did not essentially change the recommendations. Every 2 years from 40-50, yearly after age 50. ...Read more

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Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my right side and radiologist said I need more tests as my test I had in 2010 showed changes?

Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my right side and radiologist said I need more tests as my test I had in 2010 showed changes?

Follow the advice: Since the mammography results are not available for review, following the advice of your radiologist would be the best choice. Most changes, but not all, are benign. ...Read more

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How long can a cluster of cysts stay in the breast? I have had mine for 1.5 years. 3 mammograms & 1 u/s done already & no change in size.

How long can a cluster of cysts stay in the breast? I have had mine for 1.5 years. 3 mammograms & 1 u/s done already & no change in size.

Keep up with mammos: Stable cysts and lumps suggest a good prognosis. If not enlarging or if the cluster of calcifications is not suspicious, careful follow-up is the way to go. They may never go away. ...Read more

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I did mammogram for breast before a year and there was fibrocystic changes in my left breast and was not milignant. Till now I am feeling it is it ok?

Not sure I: Completely understand the question. Do you feel a new lump? Then you need to see your doctor. Ultrasound would be the imaging study of first choice at your age. ...Read more

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I have had 2 cat scans and have multiple lung nodules with no changes in the last 6 months. Mammogram and colonoscopy are good. I am a 37 yr f.

I have had 2 cat scans and have multiple lung nodules with no changes in the last 6 months. Mammogram and colonoscopy are good. I am a 37 yr f.

The lack of change: Of the lung nodules suggests they are benign. There may still need to be additional follow up for a year or two to confirm it, so speak with your doctor. ...Read more

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I went to my doctor for breast pain he said he felt something there I have to get a mammogram It's in both breast change in meds have anything to do?

I went to my doctor for breast pain he said he felt something there I have to get a mammogram It's in both breast change in meds have anything to do?

Mammogram: The pain is bilateral, but your doctor felt something on one side? Bilateral pain is generally not a sign of breast cancer. If your doctor felt something, however, it needs to be evaluated. At your age, ultrasound is typically the first imaging study, but mammogram not inappropriate either. ...Read more

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Are there any mental changes to losing weight?

Are there any mental changes to losing weight?

None.: Brain chemistry, psyche, personality and behavior should not change with weight loss. Don't worry, be happy! ...Read more

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Could losing weight changes your life?

Could losing weight changes your life?

If you are obese or: Overweight it could change your life in positive ways by improving self esteem and health. ...Read more

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Worried I was losing weight because of another reason but I had changes my diet and was exercising. Went bk to old diet no loss in 2 weeks. Am I ok?

Worried I was losing weight because of another reason but I had changes my diet and was exercising. Went bk to old diet no loss in 2 weeks. Am I ok?

Yes: This is simple arithmetic. If you are taking in more calories than you are consuming you will gain weight, and to the contrary if you're taking in less you will lose weight. If you want to lose more weight then either eat less or exercise more and burn more calories. Otherwise no problem. Keep up the good work. Am impressed at your dedication. ...Read more

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I am losing 3-5 lbs 38f. 285 lbs. I have changed my diet and walk about 3-4 miles a wk. Does changing your diet warrant losing weight like that a week?

I am losing 3-5 lbs 38f. 285 lbs. I have changed my diet and walk about 3-4 miles a wk. Does changing your diet warrant losing weight like that a week?

Diet change/walking: You seem to be on right track, you should continue what you are doing but check with your doctor/nutritionist if what you are doing is ok. ...Read more

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Does losing weight permanently change your facial shape and features?

Does losing weight permanently change your facial shape and features?

Weight Loss: They are changed as long as the weight stays off. If you put it back on the shape and features will change. ...Read more

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Lost 15 lbs with proper diet and a little exercise. Not losing any more weight. Also, there's hardly any change in body measurements. Why is this happening? Why am I not losing weight anymore? More importantly, why am I not losing fat?? Pls help!

Lost 15 lbs with proper diet and a little exercise. Not losing any more weight. Also, there's hardly any change in body measurements. Why is this happening? Why am I not losing weight anymore? More importantly, why am I not losing fat?? Pls help!

There are far too: Many questions here for us to address in 400 characters or less. Recommend that calories burned exceed calories in. Drinking at least 8 8 ounce glasses per day is important for both hydration and weight control. Try to get in whole foods (fiber) as well as 5 servings of vegetables and 4 servings of fruit per day. Physical activity is essential. At least 8 hours of sleep per night helps. ...Read more

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I started losing weight in march due to exercise and change of diet. I have lost 65lbs. My hair started falling out in june... And hasn't stopped.?

I started losing weight in march due to exercise and change of diet. I have lost 65lbs. My hair started falling out in june... And hasn't stopped.?

Check labs: Consider getting basic lab test done including thyroid, electrolytes and if those are normal getting worked up for endocrine issues. It may just be that you're going through some metabolic changes at this is your body's way of adjusting but I would get it checked out by physician. ...Read more

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Losing weight rapidly. Whole body in pain. Esp. Back From 170 -148 in 3mnths. No diet, work or exercise changes. All blood work good. What could it be?

Losing weight rapidly. Whole body in pain. Esp. Back From 170 -148 in 3mnths. No diet, work or exercise changes. All blood work good. What could it be?

Evaluation needed: Your history lists bleeding and loose stools. You may have an intestinal infection or inflammatory bowel disease. You should consult a gastroenterologist or general internist. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What could cause sperm counts to keep decreasing? No changes to lifestyle apart from increasing exercise, losing weight and taking vitamins.

What could cause sperm counts to keep decreasing? No changes to lifestyle apart from increasing exercise, losing weight and taking vitamins.

Tight shorts: Testosterone supplements, certain herbal supplements, bpa plastics, obesity, pesticides, and watching more than 20 hr of tv a week, alcohol, stress all been associated with drop in sperm counts. ...Read more

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Can birth control cause weight loss? I haven't changed anything in my diet but am losing weight.

Can birth control cause weight loss? I haven't changed anything in my diet but am losing weight.

See your doctor: If you are losing weight, it's best to check in with the doctor, who put you on the birth control pills. They need to be notified. Then, you'll have peace of mind. So will they. They will be able to tell you if your weight-loss is from the birth control pills. ...Read more

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Normal mammogram. Report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density? Dr said u/s not needed. Is there different levels of density?

Normal mammogram. Report said scattered areas of fibrocystic density? Dr said u/s not needed. Is there different levels of density?

Yes: There are different patterns of abnormality on a mammogram--some of which are worrisome, some are not. Some abnormalities can show up on an ultrasound, some can't. An ultrasound is best used to further evaluate specific abnormalities to help ascertain whether a biopsy is needed, but it is not a good screening tool. ...Read more

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Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

Mammogram.: Organizations like the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology recommend starting screening at 40. There are some who recommend starting at 50. Either way, now is probably an appropriate time for you to have your first mammogram. ...Read more

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