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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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How many x rays needed for each breast in a digital mammogram?I had 3 x-rays in the left breast and 2 in the right breast because 1xray was not clear.

How many x rays needed for each breast in a digital mammogram?I had 3 x-rays in the left breast and 2 in the right breast because 1xray was not clear.

This is about right: Typically a mammogram will include 3 views in order to get side views, top to bottom views and a front view of the whole breast in order to look for any abnormalities in different parts of your breast. ...Read more

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I am 35 year old female. Had 6 CT plus 2 mammograms and a few x rays in the last 2 years. Just learned about radiation danger. Now I am terrified.What can I do to repair cell damage. Please so scared?

I am 35 year old female. Had 6 CT  plus 2 mammograms and a few x rays in the last 2 years. Just learned about radiation danger. Now I am terrified.What can I do to repair cell damage. Please so scared?

I would not worry to: I would advise you not to worry about developing cancer despite your 6ct scans in 2 years. Medical use of ct scans is pretty safe. We have thousands of patients who have had ct scans every 3-4 months for 2-3 years without thinking too much about developing new cancers.. So despite some concerns about ct being harmful it has to be extremely rare that a cancer is caused by the use of this test. ...Read more

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Can a swollen lymph node show up on a mammogram or regular X-ray if it is close to the breast area?

Can a swollen lymph node show up on a mammogram or regular X-ray if it is close to the breast area?

Possibly: There are lymph nodes in the axillary area (armpit) as well as within the breast tissue called intramammary node. Enlarged as well as normal nodes can be frequently seen on a mammogram. If you have a newly swollen or enlarged node or if your mammogram showed a new change, further evaluation is needed. An infectious or a malignant process need to be ruled out. ...Read more

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Between breast upper Rt area sharp or dull intermittent pain? Clear X-ray Jan and October mammogram. What causes of this and can it be nerve healing?

Chest pain: Could be nerve related if you have had some recent trauma or surgery to the area. Patients describe shooting pain that is intermittent and not usually associated with an activity. Inflammation of the breast bone or cartilage at junction of breast bone is a possibility as well. Musculoskeletal pain is usually associated with certain movements or deep breathing. Heartburn/Cardiac also a concern. ...Read more

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Is it true that mammograms have 100 percent more radiation than a chest x-ray?

Is it true that mammograms have 100 percent more radiation than a chest x-ray?

No: Modern mammography delivers a much lower dose than in the past and whats more the dose is delivered only to the breast. ...Read more

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I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

I have had pain in my left arm pit and breast for over 2 months now. My regular dr. Seems to think it is nerve damage chest X-ray and mammogram normal?

Get Ultrasound : I recommend a ultrasound of the axilla to evaluate the lymph nodes. A breast specialist will be able to rule out a breast issue as a cause for your pain. It is possible for a breast cancer to cause pain and swelling in the armpit and this should be ruled out. ...Read more

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If X-Rays and Mammograms can cause cancer, then why do them annually as a checkup procedure? If they cause harm, why Drs recommend them??

If X-Rays and Mammograms can cause cancer, then why do them annually as a checkup procedure? If they cause harm, why Drs recommend them??

There's good and bad: "Everything" causes cancer. If the benefit of finding a cancer tumor early outweighs the tiny risk from an x-ray, it's ok to do. To reduce your cancer risk, keep a healthy weight and exercise (at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week). Eat lots vegetables and limit your intake of red meat or burned/charbroiled meat. Avoid smoking, which increases risk of lung cancer, oral and throat cancers, etc... ...Read more