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Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.
Worth it: I'm glad you're thinking about this. Medical exposure is a large source of radiation. In this case, you needed the biopsy. The 40 mammos increases your cancer risk, but by a tiny amount. And the dose for a stereotactic biopsy is much less than a regular mammogram. Go to www.Xrayrisk.Com to calculate the risk; it's less than 0.2%, and that's an overestimate! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammo Safety: Very little in life is 'completely' safe.We make risk/benefit decisions all the time, without even being conscious of it.For example driving a car, or taking an antibiotic for an infection, carries some risk. With mammography, there is a minimal increased risk of radiation induced cancer. However, medical consensus is that the risk is far outweighed by the potential benefit of early Ca detection ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Annual after 40: This is a world wide challenge which is constantly evaluated . American college of radiology and american cancer society and others recommend baseline study around the age of 35-40 and then annual mammograms after 40 . I think what may change is how often in the later postmenopausal years. There has been some recent controversy about women between 40 and 50 but that controversy has been put down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There are: Mammograms are analog and digital. Analog is the older way by processing films. Digital is the newer way in which the processing is done digitally by computers. Many mammography facilities have converted to digital. There are however, still some which offer the analog mammograms. Either way it is best for womwen to follow american cancer society's recommendation for yearly screening after age 40. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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