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Would my annual bloodwork show breast cancer?

Would my annual bloodwork show breast cancer?

Not yet but coming..: Currently, the standard is physical examinations and mammograms annually. However, several companies are developing a blood test for breast cancer. This has the potential to detect tumor-associated antibodies and serum proteins that correlate with cancer cells in the breast prior to being detectable on routine imaging. This may be especially helpful in women with dense breasts. Stay tuned ...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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Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Current recommendations for breast cancer screening?

Awareness: For you few years from now regular breast examination by the physician, monthly self examination, annual mammography , if needed sonography, some times mri, core needle biopsy of suspicious dencities. Genetic study ( braca i & ii ) if there is strong family history. ...Read more

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What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

What is the.Difference bet a diagnostic mammogram?And a screening mammogram?Thanks..

A screening: mammogram is an evaluation of both breasts that is performed on asymptomatic women to try and detect signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram consists of special views, and is usually targeted to a specific area of the breast, to further evaluate a potential abnormality seen on screening mammo or felt on clinical exam. ...Read more

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Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. ...Read more

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Current STD screening recommendations?

Current STD screening recommendations?

Risk-based: Talk to your healthcare provider about specific concerns! in general, if you are a woman under 25, test for gonorrhea and chlamydia each year, and over 25 if you have new partners or multiple partners. Hiv/syphilis/hepatitis testing if you have another std, have had more than one partner since your last test, or use injection drugs. Pap tests every other year (age 21-30) or every three (age 30-64). ...Read more

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much. ...Read more

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Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Mammogram, ct, MRI and ultrasound tests for breast cancer - what is best?

Situational: For screening: mammograms are the most valuable. For diagnosis (palpable mass, mammographic density): ultrasound can be very helpful. Mris are the most sensitive test for breast cancer, but their prohibitive cost makes this unaffordable for large-population screening. It is best used in high-risk patients, those with very dense breast tissue, and for evaluating the extent of a known breast cancer. ...Read more

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Is mammogram or ultrasound best for early breast cancer detection?

Mammogram: Mammograms are generally better at screening for breast cancer. Ultrasound is used more for a focus evaluation of an area of the breast that might be suspicious or appear abnormal. ...Read more

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How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

Screening mammo: is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts. Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam. ...Read more

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Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

Can mammograms detect breast cancers?

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

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Can automated whole breast ultrasound be used for breast cancer screening?

Can automated whole breast ultrasound be used for breast cancer screening?

US vs Mammogram: Us is a good diagnostic tool, but is not as inexpensive and easy to perform on a mass screening basis that can be done with mammograms. Research is being done on using this modality on a larger basis, but you need more trained ultrasonagraphers or a better automated system than is currently available before can be cost-effective to use in mass screening. ...Read more

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Is urine test included in annual medical examination?

Is urine test included in annual medical examination?

Sometimes: Do you mean a routine urinalysis or a drug screen? Although a routine urinalysis seldom shows up anything important in folks without symptoms we still do them a lot. We'd never do a drug test in an annual pe unless you asked--unless your employer is paying for it and asks for a urine to be sent to their lab. ...Read more

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How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

How does a family history of colon cancer age for routine screening?

Important: Family history of cancer is very important information. If your family history of colon cancer is significant ( multiple family members with colon cancer especially at younger age) -then you would need to be screen for colon cancer- started approximately 10 years earlier than the age of the youngest person in the family got diagnosed with colon cancer.You also need to see a genetician if history +. ...Read more

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Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

Can a stool cancer screening show polps?

The guaiac test: For blood in stool is not specific, and a polyp could be the cause, but occult blood is an indication for endoscopy to find tha cause of the occult bleeding: polyp, hemorrhoid, divertic, cancer, ulcer, etc. ...Read more

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Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Do colonoscopies screen for colon cancer?

Yes.: That is one of the main reasons for colonoscopy. The gastroenterologist usually can see every part of the colon wall and biopsy suspicious lesions. Often this is curative if found early. While not completely true, consider all polyps to be future cancers and most cancers come from polyps. Screening should begin at age 50 unless there is a history to suggest beginning earlier. ...Read more

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Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Aren't transvaginal ultrasounds good for checking ovarian cancer?

Limited: Ultrasound, tumor marker evaluation, history, and physical exam have not been shown to be effective in adequately screening for this disease (even when used all together). This is a disease we don't really have a handle on right now. This doesn't mean patients who have pelvic pain or risk factors shouldn't be evaluated, but the tools available have not been shown to increase life expectancy. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more