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I just had my first mammogram at 51. I received a call asking me to come in for more films.Should i be concerned? They asked me if i used a cane, crutches or walker? Why? Also i only need my left breast re-examined? I am concerned about cancer

I just had my first mammogram at 51. I received a call asking me to come in for more films.Should i be concerned? They asked me if i used a cane, crutches or walker? Why? Also i only need my left breast re-examined? I am concerned about cancer

Do : Do not be worried yet, but do go back for more films as requested. Sometimes additional images of one breast are needed because an area could not be fully examined on the standard images. Most of the time these extra views do clear things up and confirm that nothing is there. This doesn't mean that you will get called back for extra images with every mammo in the future. They usually ask about crutches, walker, or wheelchair in case they have to do something different to get the mammograms; most of the time women stand at the machine and this might not be possible for someone needing a device to help them stand. ...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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Should i get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Should i get a third opinion from a breast specialist? During a routine exam, a lump was found in my right breast. Had a mammogram & sonogram & the doc said he was not seeing anything. Went to a breast specialist who reviewed the films & did a physical ex

Need more info: You need to ask a few more questions. Is it a solid mass or a cyst? Are they recommending follow (i.e. New mammogram or ultrasound in 3-6months). If you do not feel you have all the answers or do not feel your current doctors answered all of your questions, then seek a 3rd opinion. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram like?

What is a mammogram like?

Needs compression: Most centers in the us take two images. One is oblique (called a medial lateral oblique or mlo) and one is head to toe (called craniocaudal or cc). Compression is required in both projections and this part can be painful. Once the images are obtained they are evaluated by a radiologist who has satisfied certain criteria established by the fda. A report should be available that day or within 1 week. ...Read more

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Do mammograms really hurt?

Do mammograms really hurt?

Not necessarily hurt: In order to take a good picture breast tissue must be flattened by providing pressure to one direction. This should be explained to patient and performed gently. A large volume breast may need more pressure, but this can be done gently. ...Read more

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How are mammograms done on men?

Same as women: There is no difference in the technique, only the volume of tissue available to be imaged. ...Read more

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What happens during a mammogram?

What happens during a mammogram?

Compression!: A screening mammogram involves taking two pictures of the breast (top-down and side-to-side) to get a complete view of the breast. This is done with the breast tissue "squished" for a few seconds so as to get the best images. I am told that it is as painful as it sounds but the pain usually is gone quickly. Most importantly, we can find cancers much earlier with a high probability for cure. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Mammogram: It is not necessary to get a mammogram. A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer and considered preventive medicine. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, including those with strong family history of (maternal side) breast cancer. Since finding breast cancer in the early stages increases the cure rate, it is to a woman's advantage to get screened. ...Read more

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How are women prepared for a mammogram?

How are women prepared for a mammogram?

Not as important: Some studies claim that mammograms are better performed at a certain time of the menstrual cycles. More important is the reading... Age, density of the breast, comparison with previous mammograms... Risk factors as age, family history, previous cancer..... Are important in determining the frequency... Consult with your doctor.... ...Read more

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What is the mammogram typically used for?

What is the mammogram typically used for?

Screen breast cancer: Mammogram is an xray technique used to evaluate the breast tissue and ascertain that it's appearance is normal. It is useful to detect very early changes in the tissues that are consistent with cancer of the breast. This changes are not usually palpable by the patient or the doctor on routine exams. ...Read more

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