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Can women who have breast implants get breast screening?

Can women who have breast implants get breast screening?

Yes, but...: Women with implants can have mammograms, but they are often less helpful because the implants obstruct some of the breast tissue we need to see. Depending on the size of the implants and the patient's risk for breast cancer, a breast MRI might be ordered to view all the breast tissue more thoroughly. ...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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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

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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Do older women (60+ years) get fibrocystic breasts?

Do older women (60+ years) get fibrocystic breasts?

Yes.: Although usually presenting at an earlier age, it may occur in later years. Also, mild disease may be unnoticed and seen on mammogram. ...Read more

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Would women only get fibrocystic breast disease?

Would women only get fibrocystic breast disease?

Usually, although...: ...Men with gynecomastia can develop fibrocystic changes, albeit to a much milder degree. ...Read more

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Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Yes most of the time: Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age , family history, physical findings , genetic diseases , personal habits , medications etc regular breast examination , awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure. ...Read more

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Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Can ultrasounds miss breast cancer?

Yes: U/s is not a great screening test but an extension of the physical exam. It is very dependent upon the person (breast surg vs radiology tech?) doing the u/s, where they place the probe, how fast they move the probe, how much attention they pay to the screen, etc. U/s performed by a skilled breast surgeon can be very helpful and also used to guide sampling for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www.breastdensity.info/ ...Read more

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Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Can women breast feed after having breast implants?

Breast feeding : Most women are able to breast feed after implants, but that can't be guaranteed. ...Read more

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Can small breast women have breast cancer detected easier?

Can small breast women have breast cancer detected easier?

Not necessarily: It may be easier to palpate a lump in a small breast because there is less tissue, however, some brest cancers are only found on mamogram. I would not use the fact that u have small breasts to forgo getting screening mamograms. ...Read more

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How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

Approximately 10%: Mammograms are the best, most cost-effective method for identifying non-palpable breast cancers, but are by no means perfect. Some cancers (infiltrating lobular) are very difficult to see on mammography. Furthermore, some women have very dense breast tissue that obscures visualization of a cancer. Therefore, a normal mammogram should never determine how to evaluate a palpable breat lump. ...Read more

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Should men get mammograms regularly?

Should men get mammograms regularly?

No, the: incidence of breast cancer in men is too low to warrant a general screening program. Individual men with high risk profiles, however, might be candidates for screening. ...Read more

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Can a breast MRI miss breast cancer?

Can a breast MRI miss breast cancer?

Yes, it is: more than 90% sensitive for most cancers, but no test is 100%. ...Read more

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Why do fewer men get testiculur and breast cancer than women get breast cancer?

Why do fewer men get testiculur and breast cancer than women get breast cancer?

Not totally correct: There are cancers that will obviously happen in one gender because the other does not have that particular organ (prostate, testicles, uterus, ovary, etc). Breast is more common in women probably because they have much more breast tissue and the right hormonal environment for it. Many other cancers are more common in men. Cancer is not mysoginistic. ...Read more

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Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Do breast implants affect mammogram results?

Yes: While there are special techniques to try and visualize as much of the breast tissue as possible, implants do partially obstruct full evaluation of the breast. This is particularly true when the implants are placed above the pectoralis muscle; it is always best to place these behind the muscle. ...Read more

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Why is breast cancer more common in menopausal women?

Why is breast cancer more common in menopausal women?

Great Question!: ...Unfortunately, not so great answer. We know that breast cancer incidence increases with age but we don't know why. We believe that cancer occurs when a cell is unable to correct a defect in its dna--perhaps this ability is diminished as we age, or the long-term effects of the "toxins" that contribute to breast cancer development are cumulative in nature. ...Read more

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Can women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed their babies?

Can women with invasive lobular carcinoma breast feed their babies?

Yes: Breast cancer cannot be transmitted to your baby in breast milk you are better off to treat your cancer sooner rather than continuing to breast feed your baby. ...Read more

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