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Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. ...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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What are some some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.?

What are some some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.?

Mammography: is the standard of care. Screening MRI may be indicated in certain high risk patients. Screening ultrasound may be useful, but has not been validated by clinical studies at this point. ...Read more

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Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening?

Are there alternatives to mammogram for breast cancer screening?

None as good: Mammograms are the best test for detecting breast cancer. It is not clear that breast exams by a health care provider add benefit (tho they may), and breast self exams have not been shown to be beneficial. Certainly, if you notice a bump, a change in skin, a nipple discharge or any abnormality that you are concerned about, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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What are the dangers and limitations of mammograms and are there any alternative screening processes that you would recommend ?

See below: Mammograms have not been associated with dangers. In conjunction with self-examination and health care examination, this is the best screen for breast cancer. Not all cancers are found on mammogram, and, if a lump is present and not seen on mammogram, additional evaluation will be necessary. ...Read more

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Is there any proof that radiation from mammograms can cause breast cancer? Is there any legitimate alternative to screen for breast cancer?

Is there any proof that radiation from mammograms can cause breast cancer? Is there any legitimate alternative to screen for breast cancer?

MammogramsSAVELives: The radiation exposure of a digital mammogram is 3.7mgy. This is associated with a lifetime-attributable risk of breast cancer of 1.3 cases per 100, 000. Mammography is a safe, proven technique for finding cancers well before they are palpable and there is no controversy about its use after age 50. Thermograms are 25% as sensitive as mammograms and not suitable for screening. ...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

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has got their first mammogram in their 50's?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has got their first mammogram in their 50's?

Multiple positions: If this is your first time for a mammogram be aware that your mammographer likely has a lot of experience with the technique. Let them know that this is new for you. Aside from having to forego some modesty during the exam, the technique usually involves more than one position. Also, if you have breast implants this will be an important fact to share with the mammograher. ...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