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My screening mammogram turned out to be negative, but my doctor says I need a breast exam. Why?

My screening mammogram turned out to be negative, but my doctor says I need a breast exam. Why?

They are: complementary examinations. Both are important in a comprehensive breast health evaluation. A small percentage of breast cancers are found on physical examination and not seen on mammography. ...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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What kind of physician should I see for a breast exam or mammogram?

What kind of physician should I see for a breast exam or mammogram?

OB/GYN or PCP: Your ob/gyn doctor or your primary care physician should be able to take care of that for you. ...Read more

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I'm 68 I have visible blue veins in my left breast, nothing in my right. Had mammogram 4 mos ago and breast exam by doc 3 mos . Are veins sign of bc?

I'm 68 I have visible blue veins in my left breast, nothing in my right. Had mammogram 4 mos ago and breast exam by doc 3 mos . Are veins sign of bc?

No,: as an isolated finding, visible veins are not associated with breast cancer. Is there associated pain or swelling? If you are concerned about it, have your doctor take a look. ...Read more

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Which type of physician do I need to see for a breast exam or mammogram?

Which type of physician do I need to see for a breast exam or mammogram?

A breast exam: Is usually done by your gyn or a breast specialist if you have had a problem and that doc will order a mammogram which is done by a technician and read by a radiologist and the report will be sent to the doc who ordered the mammogram and that doc will tell you the report results. ...Read more

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Got clinical breast exam done Bilateral mild Fibroadenosis diagonised, doctor said mammogram not needed. Should I get one?

Got clinical breast exam done Bilateral mild Fibroadenosis diagonised, doctor said mammogram not needed. Should I get one?

Likely not needed: Current national policy guidelines in the U.S. Recommend first mammogram at 40 years old unless you have mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should young women start to have a screening of mammogram done for breast cancer?

Doctors can you tell me when should young women start to have a screening of mammogram done for breast cancer?

Mammograms: 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. ...Read more

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Does topical estriol get converted into estradiol in women treated for menopause? Is estriol any safer than estradiol? Mammogram/breast exam is normal

Does topical estriol get converted into estradiol in women treated for menopause? Is estriol any safer than estradiol? Mammogram/breast exam is normal

NO; Yes: Estriol does not convert to other Estrogens in the body. It is safer because it's the weakest of the Estrogens and has no link to breast cancer. Studies suggest thta estriol has a protective effect. If used incorrectly, though, it can trigger hot flashes. ...Read more

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Breast and arm pit pain hi i've been having pain in my left breat and underarm for quite some time. I've had a breast exam, an ultrasound, and a mammogram. They see nothing. Sometimes its a stabbing feeling and sometimes a constant ache. I am large breas

Breast and arm pit pain hi i've been having pain in my left breat and underarm for quite some time. I've had a breast exam, an ultrasound, and a mammogram. They see nothing. Sometimes its a stabbing feeling and sometimes a constant ache.  I am large breas

Common problem: Fibrocystic disease/changes is very common in women. This is most often seen during the menstrual cycle. Breast feel lumpy and painful which is caused by cyst formation (fluid filled areas) due to hormonal changes. Some women may have these changes without being on their menstrual cycle. Caffeine may cuase the cysts to be overactive resulting in pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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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


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Breast Exam (Definition)

To screen yourself for breast cancer start with a self exam: http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/guide/breast-self-exam If you feel anything ...Read more