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Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.

Had stereotactic biopsy with complication. Took 40 plus mammogram views to capture. Is this safe? Biopsy was benign but worry this many views is bad.

Worth it: I'm glad you're thinking about this. Medical exposure is a large source of radiation. In this case, you needed the biopsy. The 40 mammos increases your cancer risk, but by a tiny amount. And the dose for a stereotactic biopsy is much less than a regular mammogram. Go to www.Xrayrisk.Com to calculate the risk; it's less than 0.2%, and that's an overestimate! ...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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What are the physical risks of mammography?

What are the physical risks of mammography?

Radiation: The radiation exposure associated with mammography is very low yet not zero. Therefore, it is best to avoid mammograms before age 40 unless there is a strong family history. Most importantly, the benefit of mammography--early breast cancer diagnosis--far outweighs these risks in appropriate women. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more

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Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

You're overdue : It may be somewhat uncomfortable but tolerable and well worth it. Mammography has decreased breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. If you get one every year rather than every other your chances of dying from breast cancer go down 30%. 20% of cancers are in women in their 40's. What have you been waiting for? ...Read more

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Does the mammography technician ask questions?

Does the mammography technician ask questions?

Yes: She may go over your breast health history, for example if you have had a prior biopsy, and your family history of breast cancer. She may ask when and where you had previous mammograms. Also she will verify your identity. ...Read more

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Looking for mammography center that doesn't hurt so much?

Looking for mammography center that doesn't hurt so much?

Call ahead and ask: If the center will allow the patient to control the breast compression herself during mammography. Tell them ahead of the exam that you are very sensitive. But understand that the more compression applied the better the examination and the technologist will try to get you to the point of maximum compression. Having a mammogram the week after you get your period should minimize discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate age to start Mammography for all women?

What is the appropriate age to start Mammography for all women?

Some variations in p: There is an ongoing debate about this question. In the US, it often recommended that women at standard risk begin mammography at 40 years of age. A recent revised recommendation suggested that age be upped to 45 years. In Europe the Age is 50 years and older. My recommendation is to begin at 40 years of age and repeat it every 12 to 18 month intervals. others may have different opinions. ...Read more

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What do u drs think of 3d mammography? Benefits vs risks?

Improves detection: Screening with 3d (tomosynthesis) mammography significantly increases detection of breast cancers by 40% and reduces false-positive rates (call backs) by 15%, at this time there is a doubling of the amount of radiation with 3d however this is still a small amount and the added benefit is worth the risk, in my opinion. The radiation from a mammogram is ~= 7 weeks of normal background radiation. ...Read more

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How can I get mammography paid for? I am so tired of the changing rules. Is insurance behind them?

How can I get mammography paid for? I am so tired of the changing rules. Is insurance behind them?

Nobody: but politicans enjoys the constantly changing rules. Probably all insurance plans are required to cover mammography under Obamacare. If you don't have insurance, you can try calling your state health department, many if not most will have resources where you can find "free" or low cost mammography programs. ...Read more

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How would a normal mammography xray look?

How would a normal mammography xray look?

Variable: Amounts of fat and gland tissue exist in each patient but usually the appearance is symmetrical. No masses, asymmetry, concerning calcifications, or skin thickening. ...Read more

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