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After having both ultra sound and mammogram my doctor requested a biopsy .. Does this means I am more likely to have cancer?

After having both ultra sound and mammogram my doctor requested a biopsy .. Does this means I am more likely to have cancer?

Possibly.: It's possible that your doctor is concerned about breast cancer. However, it's just as likely that he or she wasn't convinced that what was seen on mammogram isn't cancerous. If the ultrasound showed a solid (rather than cystic) mass, then s'he is doing the right thing by requesting a biopsy. Best wishes. ...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 had a lump in my left breast about 7 months ago and i had a mammogram the doctor said it was nothing lately it has enlarged significantly ?

I had a lump in my left breast about 7 months ago and i had a mammogram the doctor said it was nothing lately it has enlarged significantly ?

Enlarging lump: Go back to your doctor to get re evaluated. If you feel like you have an enlarging lump, it needs to be addressed despite what the mammo/physical exam showed 7 months ago. ...Read more

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Got clinical breast exam done Bilateral mild Fibroadenosis diagonised, doctor said mammogram not needed. Should I get one?

Got clinical breast exam done Bilateral mild Fibroadenosis diagonised, doctor said mammogram not needed. Should I get one?

Likely not needed: Current national policy guidelines in the U.S. Recommend first mammogram at 40 years old unless you have mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. ...Read more

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33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

33 yrs old, axillary swelling, family history of breast cancerbefore 40. Doctor suggests mammogram. Should I hold off on xrays? Are there better tests?

Is it bilateral : or unilateral axillary swelling? If bilateral, it would be extremely unlikely that it is due to breast pathology. If unilateral, and with your family history, ultrasound and diagnostic mammo are reasonable. ...Read more

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I had a breast mammogram and ultra sound in august 2013. Then a biopsy for a fibroadenoma which proved not cancerous. Did a follow up routine mammogram and worried cause doctor ask to see me next week?

I had a breast mammogram and ultra sound in august 2013. Then a biopsy for a fibroadenoma which proved not cancerous. Did a follow up routine mammogram and worried cause doctor ask to see me next week?

Difficult to: speculate, it may or may not involve the area previously biopsied. If you are very worried, call your doctor and ask what he/she is concerned about. Otherwise you will get an answer at your appointment. Most of the time these recalls turn out to be nothing of concern. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I get my first mammogram?

Doctors can you tell me when should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and most others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 50, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram! ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should my girlfriend get regular mammograms if she is 24 years old now?

Doctors can you tell me when should my girlfriend get regular mammograms if she is 24 years old now?

Mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. If there is a lump, it should be evaluated by a physician. Ultrasound would then be the imaging study of first choice. ...Read more

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My doctor said my mammogram was suspicious -- what did she mean?

My doctor said my mammogram was suspicious -- what did she mean?

Needs evaluation.: Anything outside of normal or benign needs to be evaluated by further imaging and/or a second opinion with a surgeon specializing in breast disease. The use of the term "suspicious" often means a biopsy may be needed to rule out cancer. Always good to get an accurate diagnosis then you can decide how you want to deal with health challenges. ...Read more

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