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Pain In Breast After Mammogram
No,: There is no indication for more frequent mammograms. There may be a role for additional adjunct screening, for example ultrasound, in dense breasts, but currently there are no established guidelines for this. ...Read more
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
Can be done: Mammograms can be done on virtually anyone. You will get 2 views - one from head to toe and the other from the side. Women with smaller breasts can be done. ...Read more
Not necessarily: Focal asymmetry could just mean more dense tissue in one breast versus the other. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
A mammogram is:
A low dose xray of the breast. Breast Ultrasound uses sound waves to generate an image, and MRI uses magnetic fields. Try this link for more info:
http://www.cancer.org/healthy/findcancerearly/examandtestdescriptions/mammogramsandotherbreastimagingprocedures/mammograms-and-other-breast-imaging-procedures-toc ...Read more
During mammogram tech really hurt my breast. Now I have pain that doesn't go away. What can be done?
I'm 55 and have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive?
Define INCONCLUSIVE: After having a mammogram, the report should include a follow-up plan, listed as a birads code. This will spell out exactly what the next step should be: immediate further testing (ultrasound, compression mamm, mri), short-term follow-up, biopsy, etc. If you don't have a clear understanding of the next steps, please talk to the doctor who ordered your mammogram or see a breast specialist. Good luck. ...Read more
I have fibrocystic disease and at times my breasts really hurt during mammogram. Does stopping caffeine help?
Fibrocyctic disease: Caffeinated beverages (coffeee, soda etc) have been shown to have significant correlation with breast tenderness in the case of fibrocyctic disease of the breast. Stopping your caffeine intake, may help reduce/relive the breast pain, in general. In addition, you may want to take nsaids for pain relief and also can try cold compress. ...Read more
I have very dense, cystic breasts. I just had my yearly digital mammogram and it was inconclusive. Should I write my will?
No: This means that the mammogram did not provide enough information because your breasts a difficult for the x-rays to penetrate. Contact your doctor or radiologist to see what is the next step. Most likely you will need a ultrasound as the next step. When you have cystic breasts, it is common to require additional pictures beyond a mammogram. ...Read more
I stopped nursing 4 months ago. Is if safe to get a baseline mammogram now? Would my breasts be more sensitive to the radiation?
Yes: Mammograms are easier to read and interpret if there is more fat and less active tissue, so it's best to wait 6 months after stopping breast feeding. Also, breasts may still be more tender, and the procedure could be more uncomfortable if the milk glands were recently active. However, there is no increased risk to you (from the small amount of radiation) due to having recently nursed a baby. ...Read more
I had a mammogram in sept 2012 and it was neg. I have some thickening in right breast. Would mammogram detected it? I do have large breast
Should I get a mammogram I'm 27 and I been having pain in one of my breast and its usually off and on but it goes away but lately it hurts more?
Depends: If there is a lump present then definitely yes. In no mass and the pain is associated with your period, then most likely hormonakl. ...Read more
Can a mammogram be done without squeezing the breasts? Had one yesterday that bruised I do not wish to have more mammograms after that if I never had one gain I will be fine hurt so bad!
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
No: 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers can not be seen on mammograms even if a mass or other finding is physically identified. For that reason women are told to examine themselves monthly and see their doctor for an exam yearly or more if they have prior history of breast cancer that was treated. ...Read more
I get annual mammograms but don't do a monthly exam as my breasts are lumpy. Would an ultrasound be useful? Should I be checking them monthly?
Yes: Breast self exams are useful, especially with lumpy breasts. Ultrasound may demonstrate cysts which may help rule out a solid mass. ...Read more