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What are the dangers and limitations of mammograms and are there any alternative screening processes that you would recommend?

What are the dangers and limitations of mammograms and are there any alternative screening processes that you would recommend?

See below: Mammograms have not been associated with dangers. In conjunction with self-examination and health care examination, this is the best screen for breast cancer. Not all cancers are found on mammogram, and, if a lump is present and not seen on mammogram, additional evaluation will be necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Is there any merit in 2nd opinion on mammogram - before doing recommended biopsy? Any downside to biopsy? Could deoderant show up as irregulra calcifi

Is there any merit in 2nd opinion on mammogram - before doing recommended biopsy? Any downside to biopsy? Could deoderant show up as irregulra calcifi

You can always: Get a second opinion if you are uncomfortable. But first, try discussing your concerns with your doctor or the radiologist. A second opinion may not be necessary. Deodorant could possibly look like calcifications, but it is not often confused with pathologic-looking breast calcifications. If the radiologist is not sure, they can repeat the mammo after washing the area. Needle bx risks minimal ...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

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What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

Yearly: Most groups recommend yearly mammograms after age 50. There are pros and cons to this, and other factors to consider besides family history, so it is worth discussing with your doctor what is the best screening regimen for you. ...Read more

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My mammogram was negative no lumps or masses found. Why would my doctor recommend an ultrasound? They did say I had dense breasts. Very nervous

My mammogram was negative no lumps or masses found. Why would my doctor recommend an ultrasound? They did say I had dense breasts. Very nervous

Not sure...: I'm a breast radiologist. Something doesn't make sense. In the absence of symptoms (with negative mammo and physical exam), there is no indication for a diagnostic ultrasound. What occasionally happens is something worded in the mammogram report makes the referring physician uncomfortable and additional testing is unnecessarily ordered. I would call to clarify, but I wouldn't worry if I were you. ...Read more

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When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but I want to make sure I'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

When do you get regular mammograms? Breast cancer does not run in my family, but I want to make sure I'm doing everything to stay in good health. At what age do you recommend women start getting mammograms?

Currently,: Currently, at our institution we recommend that a woman with no risk factors begin yearly screening mammography at age 40. However, the recommendation for beginning screening mammography has become more controversial due to the recently published recommendations by the us preventative services task force which recommends screening mammography for women age 50 to 74 years. A rationale behind this recommendation is that screening mammography in women age 40 - 49 years results in more false positive results with comparatively few cancers detected. Currently, both the american college of radiology and the american cancer society recommend yearly screening beginning at 40 years of age. ...Read more

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I have a lump near my breast/chest are. I had a mammogram and ultrasound and a biopsy was recommended. A bit of smelly whit discharge came out. Good?

I have a lump near my breast/chest are. I had a mammogram and ultrasound and a biopsy was recommended. A bit of smelly whit discharge came out. Good?

There is really: No way to reliably tell. It might mean that the etiology was infectious, but cancers can also contain necrotic/fluid components, so the biopsy results are necessary to make the determination. ...Read more

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My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

My mammogram report results came back birads 4 but my sonogram report came back negative so why does my doctor recommend a breast biopsy?

Because. ..: If a suspicious lesion is noted on mammography an us is obtained. This allows for better definition of the lesion in the breast. However, a "negative" us does not rule out an underlying problem and the correct next step is to proceed with your physicians recommendation, in this case a biopsy. None of the imaging techniques are perfect, the final decision is based on all the information. ...Read more

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My mother had breast cancer at 48. I 37 andy doctor recommended me to get a mammogram. Is it a baseline check and or necessary?

My mother had breast cancer at 48. I 37 andy doctor recommended me to get a mammogram. Is it a baseline check and or necessary?

Yes: While recommendations vary, many doctors recommend beginning screenings 10 years younger than the youngest family member who had breast cancer. So if your mom was 48 at diagnosis, then you would start at 38. Some groups recommend a baseline at 35 and then yearly at 40 for women with a family history. So you are getting good advice. ...Read more

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What is mammogram?

X ray: A mammogram is a low dose x ray of the breasts used to screen for breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram?

What is a mammogram?

A Breast X-ray: A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer. ...Read more

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Are mammograms painful?

Are mammograms painful?

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 more

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What is a mammogram like?

What is a mammogram like?

Needs compression: Most centers in the us take two images. One is oblique (called a medial lateral oblique or mlo) and one is head to toe (called craniocaudal or cc). Compression is required in both projections and this part can be painful. Once the images are obtained they are evaluated by a radiologist who has satisfied certain criteria established by the fda. A report should be available that day or within 1 week. ...Read more

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Do mammograms really hurt?

Do mammograms really hurt?

Not necessarily hurt: In order to take a good picture breast tissue must be flattened by providing pressure to one direction. This should be explained to patient and performed gently. A large volume breast may need more pressure, but this can be done gently. ...Read more

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Do men get mammograms? How?

Do men get mammograms? How?

Yes, they do: Yes, men get mammogram as well if there is any suspicion on the clinical exam. Mammogram is done on the same exact procedure both in men and women. ...Read more

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How are mammograms done on men?

Same as women: There is no difference in the technique, only the volume of tissue available to be imaged. ...Read more

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What happens during a mammogram?

What happens during a mammogram?

Compression!: A screening mammogram involves taking two pictures of the breast (top-down and side-to-side) to get a complete view of the breast. This is done with the breast tissue "squished" for a few seconds so as to get the best images. I am told that it is as painful as it sounds but the pain usually is gone quickly. Most importantly, we can find cancers much earlier with a high probability for cure. ...Read more

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How is a mammogram done digitally?

How is a mammogram done digitally?

No film: Mammo read off of special computer screen. Obtained same way. See radiologyinfo. Org. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a mammogram?

Where can I go to get a mammogram?

ACR: Go to the a American College of Radiology Website (acr. Org) where you will find an interactive tool to find accredited mammography facilities near you. ...Read more

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How often should I get a mammogram?

How often should I get a mammogram?

Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority.
This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others.
If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read more

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Should men get mammograms regularly?

Should men get mammograms regularly?

No, the: Incidence of breast cancer in men is too low to warrant a general screening program. Individual men with high risk profiles, however, might be candidates for screening. ...Read more

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When should a woman get a mammogram?

When should a woman get a mammogram?

Yearly age 40 and up: New information suggests a shortened "sojourn" time in younger women. Meaning cancers can grow faster in women in their 40's. While cancers are less common in this group, more frequent screening is important. Risk of breast ca goes up with age, so yearly testing is suggested. Women with strong family history may need to start earlier. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a mammogram?

At what age can you get a mammogram?

Screening mammo: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and others, annual screening mammography should begin at age 40. Screening may begin sooner if you are a BRCA carrier or are otherwise at high risk. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read more

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How often should you get a mammogram?

How often should you get a mammogram?

At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start mammograms is also unclear. For women under 50, it takes 1, 904 mammograms to prevent one death from breast cancer. Most groups recommend starting at age 40, but ask your doctor to explain your personal risks and benefits based on your history. ...Read more

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Where can I get a painfree mammogram?

Accredited unit: Most mammograms are almost painfree or associated with little discomfort. Some people experience more pain. Use a mammography service that has accreditation. Some services offer a soft pad on the machine which makes it slightly more comfortable. Talk to the technician before the procedure and alert her/him of your pain threshold.. ...Read more

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How can mammograms be given to males?

How can mammograms be given to males?

The exact same: Technique as with females. A mammogram can be performed on virtually anyone with even minimal tissue in the breast regions. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Mammogram: It is not necessary to get a mammogram. A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer and considered preventive medicine. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, including those with strong family history of (maternal side) breast cancer. Since finding breast cancer in the early stages increases the cure rate, it is to a woman's advantage to get screened. ...Read more

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How long is the result of a mammogram?

Not very: It is increasingly the norm that a patient will be given an initial impression of the mammogram study before they leave the imaging facility. A final report to the patient will routinely follow by mail in a few days along with a report to the referring physician. ...Read more