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Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

You're overdue : It may be somewhat uncomfortable but tolerable and well worth it. Mammography has decreased breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. If you get one every year rather than every other your chances of dying from breast cancer go down 30%. 20% of cancers are in women in their 40's. What have you been waiting for? ...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 need to know what is the procedure of a mammogram?

I need to know what is the procedure of a mammogram?

Mammo: The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained. ...Read more

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What number of msv of radiation would a person having a mammogram every year from age 35 to 65 years old (30 years) receive just from this procedure?

What number of msv of radiation would a person having a mammogram every year from age 35 to 65 years old (30 years) receive just from this procedure?

Radiation: Total effective dose about 25 mSv for bilateral annual mammo over that time period. Theoretical additional cancer risk 0.09% over baseline risk ...Read more

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Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Which is a better diagnostic procedure a digital mammogram or sonogram?

Digital mammogram: For general screening, mammograms, while imperfect, remain the best tool and digital mammograms are better at "seeing through" breast tissue. A mammogram is more likely to miss cancers in women with dense breast tissue and young women. Ultrasound is most often used with mammogram either to help characterize abnormalities seen on mammogram or to aid in finding abnormalities in dense breast tissue. ...Read more

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If X-Rays and Mammograms can cause cancer, then why do them annually as a checkup procedure? If they cause harm, why Drs recommend them??

If X-Rays and Mammograms can cause cancer, then why do them annually as a checkup procedure? If they cause harm, why Drs recommend them??

There's good and bad: "Everything" causes cancer. If the benefit of finding a cancer tumor early outweighs the tiny risk from an x-ray, it's ok to do. To reduce your cancer risk, keep a healthy weight and exercise (at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week). Eat lots vegetables and limit your intake of red meat or burned/charbroiled meat. Avoid smoking, which increases risk of lung cancer, oral and throat cancers, etc... ...Read more

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If MRI better of mammogram? What procedures do the least damage?

If MRI better of mammogram? What procedures do the least damage?

MRI vs mammogram: Which one is better? It depends on the question you are asking.MRI is not a good choice for screening large populations: it is expensive,time-consuming, requires an IV injection,and there is not widespread access.Mammo is cheap,quick,widely available, and has acceptable sensitivity. MRI is exquisitely sensitive for cancer detection, but for now it has a niche role in screening and problem-solving ...Read more

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Are mammograms painful?

Are mammograms painful?

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 more

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Should men get mammograms regularly?

Should men get mammograms regularly?

No, the: incidence of breast cancer in men is too low to warrant a general screening program. Individual men with high risk profiles, however, might be candidates for screening. ...Read more

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Do men get mammograms? How?

Do men get mammograms? How?

Yes, they do: Yes, men get mammogram as well if there is any suspicion on the clinical exam. Mammogram is done on the same exact procedure both in men and women. ...Read more

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