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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
One of the worst things is having to sit in a room full of women in gowns waiting for mammogram. Cant help counting and knowing x will have ca.?
No Mammo worst: Women getting mammography are usually the lucky ones. They are usually on top of the issue and less likely to die from breast cancer. Early detection is good and saves many. Many small early detected ca's are successfully treated. Be glad for those being tested. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammogram may: Detect a lump or calcium, but you do not if its cancer or what kind until biopsy or removal. If it turns out not to be cancer, no sweat. Intraductal (dcis), unlikely to be cause of death. If invasive, depends on size, receptors. Treatment can be simple and not a burden, so a lot depends on frailty and hardiness of the 85 year old. Find out what she worries about...Probably not death but comfort. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. Whats the latest for mammograms?
Yes: Mammograms should be continued until about the age of 85. The best chance for detecting breast cancer is the mammogram. Pelvic exams are important until about that same age as the risk for ovarian cancer is greatest at the ages of 60 to 80. The best chance for detecting ovarian cancer is the pelvic exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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