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Recommendation For Mammogram
Annual after 40: This is a world wide challenge which is constantly evaluated . American college of radiology and american cancer society and others recommend baseline study around the age of 35-40 and then annual mammograms after 40 . I think what may change is how often in the later postmenopausal years. There has been some recent controversy about women between 40 and 50 but that controversy has been put down. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I know there are lots of new recommendations but what is the right recommendation for when to get mammograms?
Beginning at age 40.: The U.S. Department of health and human services, american cancer society, american medical association and the american college of radiology recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Those with a family history of a 1st degree relative (like your mother or sister) having been diagnosed premenopausally with breast cancer start 10 years before the age of diagnosis. ...Read more
Variable: Most us radiographic and oncologic groups recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. (continuing as long as life expectancy exceeds 10 years.) european groups point out the lower likelihood of breast cancer in young women and the higher false positive rate and recommend later, and less frequent screenings. Obviously - a strong family history may change your personal recommendation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Confused by all the changes in recommendations for screening for women. Whats the latest for mammograms?
Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the x ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Mammo Safety: Very little in life is 'completely' safe.We make risk/benefit decisions all the time, without even being conscious of it.For example driving a car, or taking an antibiotic for an infection, carries some risk. With mammography, there is a minimal increased risk of radiation induced cancer. However, medical consensus is that the risk is far outweighed by the potential benefit of early Ca detection ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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