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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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Is there such a thing as a painless mammogram for big chested women who find a regular mammogram to be painful?

Is there such a thing as a painless mammogram for big chested women who find a regular mammogram to be painful?

Minor discomfort: Mammograms are uncomfortable for all women for a few seconds. If you normally have painful breasts then an over the counter pain med (tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil) can be taken 1 hour before your mammogram appointment to help with the discomfort. Mammograms are live saving so please do not skip it! ...Read more

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From what age should women have mammogram every 2 yrs instead of 1 yr?A 52 yrs old woman with benign(non cancer)findings sh. have mam. every 1or2 yrs?

Mammography: This is a matter of controversy at this time. At age 50 mammograms every two years may be reasonable, but yearly mammography can still be done. I would be guided by your physician or gynecologist. ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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When should a woman get a mammogram?

Yearly age 40 and up: New information suggests a shortened "sojourn" time in younger women. Meaning cancers can grow faster in women in their 40's. While cancers are less common in this group, more frequent screening is important. Risk of breast ca goes up with age, so yearly testing is suggested. Women with strong family history may need to start earlier. ...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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How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more

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When should a woman start having mammograms (i am 18)?

When should a woman start having mammograms (i am 18)?

Age 40: for average risk woman according to American College of Radiology and American Cancer Society, among others. ...Read more

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