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Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Yes: Yes, however, it depends on your breast density. The more dense your breast tissue is, the increased possibility that a mass may not be seen. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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How does breast cancer appear like on a mammogram?

How does breast cancer appear like on a mammogram?

Quite variable: Breast cancer can appear as a spiculated mass, cluster of tiny calcifications, smoothly marginated mass, area of subtle distortion or be invisible on mammogram. Some tumors are only seen on ultrasound and a few are only felt by you or your doctor. The point is that the appearance of tumors on mammogram is quite variable. ...Read more

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How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

See list: For diagnosis: physical examination ultrasound breast mri needle biopsy excisional biopsy for staging: pet/ct scan sentinnel lymph node biopsy lumpectomy mastectomy axillary node dissection for follow-up: usually physical examination, and mammogram or mri. ...Read more

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How can they detect breast cancer without a mammogram?

How can they detect breast cancer without a mammogram?

Cancer detection: Breast cancer can be detected in other ways, although mammography is the standard of care screening imaging exam. Speak with your doctor. Self exam, physical exam by your doctor, breast ultrasound and breast MRI can all detect potential cancers. They are complementary exams and one or more can be useful in the appropriate context. Definitive diagnosis requires biopsy. ...Read more

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Could a mammogram before 40 increase risk for breast cancer?

Could a mammogram before 40 increase risk for breast cancer?

Good point.: Risk of radiation induced breast cancer is probably negligible, compared to benefits of mammography. But you should undergo any test only when it is medically indicated, because every diagnostic test has its risks as well as benefits. ...Read more

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Is a mammogram the most effective way to detect breast cancer?

Is a mammogram the most effective way to detect breast cancer?

To screen : It is the most effective way to screen for breast cancer. It is easy to do, it is cheap, it can be done anywhere. It is not the most sensitive nor the perfect tool however. Thus, it is always advised to combine modalities- breast exam, mammogram-and if there is a suspicion- combining mammo and sono and/or MRI will be more sensitive to detect breast cancer. Ultimately biopsy is to confirm of cance. ...Read more

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My mammogram was abnormal. What are the chances that I have breast cancer?

Check BIRADS: Mammogram reports will include a birads category in an attempt to standardize interpretation. A birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, such as a magnification view or an ultrasound. Birads 3 means that the abnormality is "probably benign" (<2% risk) and warrants 6-month follow-up. A biopsy is recommended for birads 4 and 5 abn, which have a 15-30% and >75% chance of being malignant. ...Read more

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Can men get mammograms and if not how do they know they have breast cancer?

Can men get mammograms and if not how do they know they have breast cancer?

Men can: get mammograms. A small percentage of breast cancers occur in men, so if a man has a breast lump, a mammogram and/or ultrasound may be indicated. ...Read more

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When should young women go in for a mammogram done to detect for breast cancer?

When should young women go in for a mammogram done to detect for breast cancer?

Mammograms: 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. ...Read more

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How much can breast cancer develop in a year if mammogram was normal one year before?

The mean doubling: time(the average time it takes to double in size) for invasive breast cancer is about 130 days, with a range of estimates from 80 days to 260 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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