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Can one get an accurate mammogram while breastfeeding?

Can one get an accurate mammogram while breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding: The lactational changes of the breast make it more "dense" and may limit the sensitivity for detecting cancer, so in the screening setting best to wait a few months following cessation of breastfeeding. If you have a lump or other symptom, ultrasound would be first imaging study of choice. ...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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Can I get a mammogram if I am still breastfeeding my baby?

Can I get a mammogram if I am still breastfeeding my baby?

No: Most likely getting a mammogram while nursing will not be helpful, since you have increased size of the breast glands and you might get flagged as a false-positive. Also due to the nature of the machine (mashing on the breasts) it could be quite messy. ...Read more

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Bilateral calcifications were seen in the upper right area on a baseline mammogram. Can breastfeeding cause calcifications? I just stopped nursing 6 months ago...

Bilateral calcifications were seen in the upper right area on a baseline mammogram. Can breastfeeding cause calcifications? I just stopped nursing 6 months ago...

Yes: There are many things than can cause calcifications in your breasts. Breast tissue is very dynamic and turns over like your uterus (with each cycles). Fortunately, most calcifications are benign (not bad), and a good close-up view is all that is needed. Talk with your radiologist, and they should be able to give you an idea of what they think. ...Read more

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I am currently breastfeeding and feel oblong spongey lumps in my breasts. I cannot tell uf these are normal. Dr will not do mammogram until I wean.

I am currently breastfeeding and feel oblong spongey lumps in my breasts. I cannot tell uf these are normal. Dr will not do mammogram until I wean.

Consider ultrasound: I understand that doctor is worried about radiating breasts when you are breastfeeding, but another option would be to get an ultrasound which is safe for breastfeeding and can be more accurate than mammogram in young women your age. Ask your doctor for an ultrasound so you can rest assured that these lumps aren't more concerning. ...Read more

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Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

Dr said it takes 3 months for breast tissue to go back to normal after stopping breastfeeding which is why I have to wait for mammogram. True?

True: This is true but if you have an abnormal lump, the an ultrasound can be done. At 25 (if this is your real age), you should not need a mammogram unless you are high risk. ...Read more

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Breast cancer and I am planning on breastfeeding could I still get a mammogram if my breast are full of milk?

Breast cancer and I am planning on breastfeeding could I still get a mammogram if my breast are full of milk?

The lactational: Changes in the breasts make them more dense, and therefore limit the value of mammography. For screening purposes, waiting 4-6 months after stopping breastfeeding will allow the breasts to return to their baseline state. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If you end up needing a mammo for diagnostic purposes, you can pump the breasts beforehand. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram?

What is a mammogram?

A Breast X-ray: A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer. ...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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What should I expect at a mammogram appointment?

What should I expect at a mammogram appointment?

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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Are mammograms painful? What is the experience like?

Are mammograms painful? What is the experience like?

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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I'm 50 and still haven't had a mammogram yet, is that okay?

I'm 50 and still haven't had a mammogram yet, is that okay?

Need to do it: Although not an enjoyable exam, the benefits of early cancer detection far outweigh the downsides of discomfort. Please do this soon for the sake of your health. ...Read more

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Rules keep changing. What is latest recommendation for mammograms?

Rules keep changing. What is latest recommendation for mammograms?

Annual after 40: This is a world wide challenge which is constantly evaluated.
American college of radiology and american cancer society and others recommend baseline study around the age of 35-40 and then annual mammograms after 40. I think what may change is how often in the later postmenopausal years. There has been some recent controversy about women between 40 and 50 but that controversy has been put down. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

Breastfeeding is providing nutrition to an infant using breat milk either directly by infant latching and sucking on the nipple or by feeding via bottle with expressed breast milk (when baby has difficulty suckling). Breast milk is the best milk for any baby but ...Read more