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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
I'm a strong disbeliever in mammograms due to the radiation. Will a doctor still treat me if i refuse to havemammograms?
Yes but,: Your doctor may ask you to sign a form that acknowledges that mammography was recommended but you refused the procedure. Ultrasound of the breasts is not at all to be considered a screening tool for breast cancer. Breast MRI with contrast may be a possible alternative but is expensive. Radiation risk is much lower than risk of breast cancer. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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?
Yes: Mammograms have been fine tuned to expose the breast to very little radiation. But no matter there is a small percent risk of causing cancer that is less than the risk of not catching a breast cancer that is not radiation caused early if you did not do mammograms. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now ? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation ?
Yes: Mammograms are easier to read and interpret if there is more fat and less active tissue, so it's best to wait 6 months after stopping breast feeding. Also, breasts may still be more tender, and the procedure could be more uncomfortable if the milk glands were recently active. However, there is no increased risk to you (from the small amount of radiation) due to having recently nursed a baby. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How much radiation is there in a digital mammogram? The clinic keeps telling me it's like a plane flight, but i don't believe them.
Radiation: Mammograms require very small doses of radiation. The risk of harm from this radiation exposure is extremely low, but repeated x-rays have the potential to cause cancer. The benefits of mammography, however, nearly always outweigh the potential harm from the radiation exposure. Digital mammograms use slightly less radiation than conventional. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Are dense breasts a problem? My doctor sends me to do mammograms every year. But I am afraid of too much radiation! is this a problem?
Dense breasts: do decrease the sensitivity of mammo for detecting cancer, but screening mammo is still the standard of care for dense breasts. Dense breasts are also a risk factor for the development of cancer. The amount of radiation from a mammo is minimal, you are 250 times more likely to die in a car accident than get a radiation induced cancer. The benefits of early detection outweigh the slight rad risk ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 35 year old female. Had 6 CT plus 2 mammograms and a few x rays in the last 2 years. Just learned about radiation danger. Now I am terrified.What can I do to repair cell damage. Please so scared?
Radiation damage: The past is the past. Antioxidants and healthy living are the best recommendations for you. If down the road you get systemic symptoms such as weight loss or chronic headaches please see your physician. An MRI is a radiation free test that if you need one you should have instead of ct or x-ray. Relaxation techniques may be of benefit to you as well. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have studies shown conclusively that the radiation from a lifetime of mammograms does not cause breast cancer? Which studies are they?
No,: that type of study would be impossible to perform. Radiation induced cancer risks are extrapolated from various data sources, but not controlled studies. The theoretical slight cancer risk of mammography is dwarfed by the number of cancers mammography detects. You can easily calculate the risks using an interactive tool at xrayrisk.com ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How long is process of evaluating mass after mammogram including biopsy or lumpectomy? Then how long till radiation? Probable dcis or stage 1 ductal.
3-5 weeks: Biopsy should be done soon after a suspicious lump is detected either by physical examination or mammogram. If it is cancer or dcis, a lumpectomy should follow anywhere from a few days to a few weeks later. The start of radiation depends on healing after lumpectomy, but radiation generally starts about 4 weeks later. Radiation generally takes 6-7 weeks to complete. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mnday i had a routine mammogram and a CT scan on my back; thursday routine xrays at dentist. Is this too much radiation? I am a 46 yr old african am. Woman in good health on no medications.
Probably just fine: We all want the least cumulative x-ray exposure always. However, the ability to provide an accurate assessment and diagnosis often requires these studies. Because the area of exposure with the dentals is dictant from the rest, there is no need for worry. About them. If your dentist has digital x-rays, the exposure is decreased by 60 - 70 %. You might want to spread out the other 2 if possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
4 to 6 months: The side effects of the skin need to heal and breast heals and any scarring internally improve. That takes 4 to 6 months. Even then that is the baseline mammogram and surgery and radiation changes will be seen. Then future mammograms will show these changes are improving. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mother 61 was operated for breast conservation surgery followed by chemo and radiation. How often should she get repeat mammograms?
Annually: Often one or more mammograms are done on a 6 month interval on the affected/operated side until one is satisfied that a stable scar has been established. Beyond that, annual mammography remains the interval of standard on both the affected and non-affected side. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Do i need a pet scan after surviving breast cancer? I had breast cancer (stage 1) and treatment was successful. I just had a mammogram and there was no cancer. Treatments were chemotherapy and radiation.
You and your oncolog: You and your oncologist need to discuss this. Given the low stage, and assuming successful completion of treatment, pet/ct might not be indicated at this time. It does depend on the specifics of your case. Pet/ct is useful in evaluating for distal metastatic disease. It does not replace mammography, ultrasound or breast MRI for local recurrence surveillance ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What is the radiation amount exposure in breast mammography?
What is the radiation amount exposure in chest X-rays?
Had a sore, very painful swollen knotted ab for 5 mos.Xrays, ct,lung scan, mamagram clear.Still no diagnosis. Would a MRI be too much radiation?
This is light of extremely short wavelengths typically produced either among the stars / in cosmic rays or by radioactive element decay. Gamma rays form the background of normal radiation in which we all live; it is substantially greater than the exposure we get from imaging scans or should get from ...Read more