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Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my right side and radiologist said i need more tests as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Had a mammogram and was told that I have two masses on my  right side and radiologist said i need more tests  as my test i had in 2010 showed changes?

Follow the advice : Since the mammography results are not available for review, following the advice of your radiologist would be the best choice. Most changes, but not all, are benign. ...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 have some pain on the lower left side of my left breast for the past 4 years. 3 years ago I took a mammogram and there were no findings.Is it tumor?

I have some pain on the lower left side of my left breast for the past 4 years. 3 years ago I took a mammogram and there were no findings.Is it tumor?

No: For the most part breast pain is not a hallmark of breast cancer. The inability to note a lump in the area of pain with a negative mammogram further reinforces the pain process as benign . In addition the presence of t he pain symptoms for 4 yrs without progression of the degree of pain further suggests stability of the process which for the most part is related to fibrocystic disease. ...Read more

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I'm a female age 51 who has had a ache in my right side under breast for 3 years. I've had a ultra sound and mammogram 2 years ago both normal.

I'm a female age 51 who has had a ache in my right side under breast for 3 years.  I've had a ultra sound and mammogram 2 years ago both normal.

You should: see your doctor. Usually breast pain is due to benign causes, but it needs to be evaluated. Negative mammo and ultrasound from 2 years ago not relevant today, you are probably at least due for a new mammogram. ...Read more

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I have had chest pain for the last year. I have had ekgs, electrocardiogram, holter monitor, mammogram, ultrasound. Should MRI? left side pain Always.

I have had chest pain for the last year. I have had ekgs, electrocardiogram, holter monitor, mammogram, ultrasound. Should MRI? left side pain Always.

Esophageal origin: Have seen several cases with similar symptoms and neg cardiax work up. Eound related to distal esophageal inflammation with some mediastinal extension causing symptoms as defined on esophagoscopy. Partly due to reflux. Omeprazole may help. ...Read more

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If I had breast cancer, mastectomy, and implant on left side, will mammograms be able to pick up new tumor in leftover tissue?

If I had breast cancer, mastectomy, and implant on left side, will mammograms be able to pick up new tumor in leftover tissue?

Not needed: Mastectomies, by definition, involve removal of (almost) all of the breat tissue present. While it is true that microscopic amounts of breast tissue can be left behind, this is not amenable to mammographic evaluation, regardless of whether a reconstruction was done. Careful physical examination remains the best way to screen for local cancer recurrence following a mastectomy. ...Read more

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Recurring itchy blister in same spot of side Breast everytime. Dr and mammogram are all clearz Responds to hydrocortisone and has happened 4 times?

Recurring itchy blister in same spot of side Breast everytime. Dr and mammogram are all clearz Responds to hydrocortisone and has happened 4 times?

Contact allergy?: Consider an allergic contact allergy to one of the ingredients in your bra with rubber/latex being most likely. Metal allergy also possible if there is a metal wire in the bra. Consult derm or allergist to get patch tested if changing to cotton bra does not help. ...Read more

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Recurring itchy blister on side of breast. Same spot,Happens when hot- responds to hydrocortisone immed- dr said was fine- mammogram was normal. Help?

Recurring itchy blister on side of breast. Same spot,Happens when hot- responds to hydrocortisone immed- dr said was fine- mammogram was normal. Help?

Blister on breast: Most skin problems related to being hot on the breast are from a yeast over growth. Many women have chronic yeast overgrowth under their breasts. Hydrocortisone will make just about anything better for a while as it decreases the itching. Mammograms at your age are hard to read due to the density of the tissue. The next time you have the spot visit a dermatologist. It would be best to see spot. ...Read more