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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

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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When you receive a letter from a mammography 20 days later saying they saw an abnormality, does this mean its cáncer? What can it be?

No, it doesn't: mean there is cancer. Suspicious mammographic abnormalities turn out to be benign about 80% of the time. ...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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When should I have a mammography screening?

Age 40 : Most reputable medical institutions recommend beginning yearly screening at age 40 and continuing until no longer physically able. ...Read more

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What is the latest recommendation for breast mammography?

What is the latest recommendation for breast mammography?

Age 40: The recommendation is yearly mammograms starting at age 40 unless you have a family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer than you should visit with a breast specialist to determine the most effective screening plan for you. ...Read more

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I recieved my mammography results and it reported a multinodular pattern they placed it under the category bi-rads 2, what should I do?

Nothing: Bi-rads 2 means that you had benign findings (benign means not due to cancer) on your mammogram, for instance cysts or benign tumors and nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor specializes in examining breasts or a mammography?

Which type of doctor specializes in examining breasts or a mammography?

All mds,Radiologists: All doctors are taught how to examine breasts in medical school. All radiologists learn how to interpret mammograms. A radiologist can do a fellowship in breast imaging to become expert in this field, but this is not required. ...Read more

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M 32 and half yr old.hav multiple cysts in both breasts.get my u/s done ev.2 yrs.got it done 11/2 yr back.at this age can mammography be done on me?

Mammography can be: performed, but it may not be necessary unless you are a BRCA carrier, or are otherwise at very high risk. Screening mammography should begin at age 40. ...Read more

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My mammography shoed a 25-50 percent scattered fibroglandular densities should I discuss this further with my doctor?

My mammography shoed a 25-50 percent scattered fibroglandular densities should I discuss this further with my doctor?

Not necessary.: Your breast tissue density on mammography of 25-50% is not considered "dense". Women with dense tissue density on mammography (greater than 50%) which slightly elevates the risk of breast cancer and, more importantly, makes it harder to detect cancer are advised to have a discussion with their doctors about further imaging
options. ...Read more

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If you get an abnormal result for mammography and you have had uterine cáncer and just checked your cancer antigen its 6.3. Cáncer a for sure thing?

If you get an abnormal result for mammography and you have had uterine cáncer and just checked your cancer antigen its 6.3. Cáncer a for sure thing?

Your mammogram: results are probably not related to the uterine cancer. An abnormal mammo doesn't mean you have breast cancer, either. 70-80% of the time, a mammographic abnormality turns out to be benign. ...Read more

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March 5, 2014 Comparison is made to previous studies The mammary tissue is heterogeneously dense which lowers the sensitivity of mammography. Apparently new compared to previous studies is a smoothly marginated 7mm low density ovoid nodule a

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The mammary tissue is heterogeneously dense which lowers the sensitivity of mammography. Apparently new compared to previous studies is a smoothly marginated 7mm low density ovoid nodule a

I don't have the : full report, but it sounds like there might be a new finding on screening mammography. The next step is usually a more complete imaging evaluation with diagnostic mammography and probably ultrasound. A final diagnostic code(BIRADS) for the nodule will be determined based on the imaging findings: benign(no followup),probably benign(6 month f/u), suspicious, highly suspicious( needle biopsy ) ...Read more

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In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

In complete assessment. Scattered fibroglandular elements in both breast that could obscure a lesion on mammography?

That is an: assessment of breast density, required to be included in the mammogram report in many states. It doesn't imply there is anything abnormal. The denser the breast, the less sensitive the mammogram is for detecting cancers. There are 4 density categories, A(least dense), B, C, and D(most dense). Yours would be considered a B by definition, therefore your breasts would not be considered "dense". ...Read more

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What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? From what age they need to start?

What is the general recommending for women's 40+ years old with dense breast and Mammography test? 
From what age they need to start?

Age 40: The American Cancer Society and the American College of OB GYN occasionally offer different age start dates, but 40 is appropriate. ...Read more

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I have often thunder like pain in one breast from time to time but pain at touch as well. My mammography is good and clean. What can it be?

I have often thunder like pain in one breast from time to time but pain at touch as well. My  mammography is good and clean. What can it be?

Crazy hormones: Hello,

Remember that the breasts are hormone sensitive organs. You mentioned several reasons why there might be breast pain. You are on Euthirox a hormone which can effect periods and hormone sensitive organs as well. You take Clomid (clomiphene) to induce ovulation and more hormones. I am not surprised at the additional aches and pains that you are experiencing. ...Read more

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Is having a painful mammography only on one side of your breast a sign of possible cancer?

Is having a painful mammography only on one side of your breast a sign of possible cancer?

Unlikely: Most breast cancers do not cause pain. Compression of the breast can be painful with or without any breast masses, cysts, etc. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned after mammography? There is a 1.1 cm rounded nodular density in the superior right breast, middle/posterior depth junction.

Should I be concerned after mammography? There is a 1.1 cm rounded nodular density in the superior right breast, middle/posterior depth junction.

Mammogram: There are various mammographic features that determine the level of suspicion, however at this point it sounds like you haven't had an ultrasound, so the evaluation is not complete. Usually these turn out benign, e.g. a cyst, but if it is solid on ultrasound, needle biopsy may be needed to establish a diagnosis. Those usually turn out benign too. So yes, concerned but not alarmed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between breast MRI and mammography?

Can you tell me the difference between breast MRI and mammography?

About $2000: Mammograms are the"gold standard" for breast cancer screening because they miss few cancers (~10%) and are inexpensive. Mris are more sensitive than mammograms and are especially useful for women with very dense breast tissue, however they are very expensive. If you do get an MRI we still recommend mammograms because microcalcifications are better seen that way. ...Read more

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My mammography report says I have left breast upper outer quadrant developing asymmetry. Can HRT cause this?

My mammography report says I have left breast upper outer quadrant developing asymmetry.  Can HRT cause this?

Talk to your doctor: The most common cause for breast asymmetry on a mammogram is the common normal variant of asymmetrically distributed breast tissue. Asymmetric breast tissue is seen in about 3% of mammograms. It is usually benign and secondary to variations in normal breast tissue, postoperative change, or hormone replacement therapy. A developing asymmetry deserves your full attention and justifies workup. ...Read more

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What is the radiation amount exposure in breast mammography? What is the radiation amount exposure in chest X-rays?

What is the radiation amount exposure in breast mammography?
What is the radiation amount exposure  in chest X-rays?

Similar amounts in e: Both of these procedures expose you to very low amounts of Radiation. So you do not need to worry about it. it is minisicule and absolutely safe if done once yearly. ...Read more

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I have time to time thunder pain in one breast, one spot is painful at touch already 3 months. Mammography and ultrasound are good clean. What is it?

I have time to time thunder pain in one breast, one spot is painful at touch already 3 months. Mammography and ultrasound are good clean. What is it?

Anxiety/worry: Sharp pains which are brief in duration are not a feature of Cancer. Most cancers are painless until they are very far advanced. But your mind can play tricks with your body. So try to remain calm, think positively, choose to be an optimist and exercise in open spaces(close to nature) daily, preferably first thing in the mornings. It might do you lot of good! ...Read more

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I had a mammography yesterday because of a lump in my breast and it was nothing. is a one time mammography dangerous or increase cancer risk? im 25

I had a mammography yesterday because of a lump in my breast and it was nothing. is a one time mammography dangerous or increase cancer risk? im 25

There is a miniscule: theoretical risk, approximately 0.006% over baseline. In other words, there is greater than a 99% chance it will have no effect. The risk is theoretical: there is no empirical proof that mammography increases cancer risk at all. ...Read more