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I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?
Start with mammogram: Mri may be used in the detection of leaks in persons with silicone breast implants; however, mammogram is the place to start for screening for breast ca. If indicated, the radiologist or breast specialist may then order additional tests such as ultrasound or mri. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Can the mammography test discover the breast cancer even if the woman had a breast enlargement surgery (silicon)?
Yes: Yearly mammography should be obtained beginning at age 40 whether a woman has implants or not. The standard examination adds two additional images which "push back" the implants so that nearly all of the breast is imaged. I have detected many small breast cancers easily on mammograms which could then be biopsied by a needle without jeopardizing the implant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No but.....: There is no direct link but there are concerns with the potential for implants to interfere with the detection of cancer. Particularly using mammograms. Special views (eklund) must be obtained. Alhtough there may be a delay in diagnosis, there has not been shown to be any effect on survival. With mri, surveillance is improved and may supplant mammography. As stated, alcl may be increased but rare. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
could the cause be my silicone breast inplants from breast cancer but never had any cemo or radiation?
Quite variable: Breast cancer can appear as a spiculated mass, cluster of tiny calcifications, smoothly marginated mass, area of subtle distortion or be invisible on mammogram. Some tumors are only seen on ultrasound and a few are only felt by you or your doctor. The point is that the appearance of tumors on mammogram is quite variable. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
See list: For diagnosis: physical examination ultrasound breast mri needle biopsy excisional biopsy for staging: pet/ct scan sentinnel lymph node biopsy lumpectomy mastectomy axillary node dissection for follow-up: usually physical examination, and mammogram or mri. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cancer detection: Breast cancer can be detected in other ways, although mammography is the standard of care screening imaging exam. Speak with your doctor. Self exam, physical exam by your doctor, breast ultrasound and breast MRI can all detect potential cancers. They are complementary exams and one or more can be useful in the appropriate context. Definitive diagnosis requires biopsy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To screen : It is the most effective way to screen for breast cancer. It is easy to do, it is cheap, it can be done anywhere. It is not the most sensitive nor the perfect tool however. Thus, it is always advised to combine modalities- breast exam, mammogram-and if there is a suspicion- combining mammo and sono and/or MRI will be more sensitive to detect breast cancer. Ultimately biopsy is to confirm of cance. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Check BIRADS: Mammogram reports will include a birads category in an attempt to standardize interpretation. A birads 0 means that additional testing is needed, such as a magnification view or an ultrasound. Birads 3 means that the abnormality is "probably benign" (<2% risk) and warrants 6-month follow-up. A biopsy is recommended for birads 4 and 5 abn, which have a 15-30% and >75% chance of being malignant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?
Nothing: Just doing his / her job. It's helpful to ask -- not that this will affect the reading. One might also be asked whether you have had any procedures on the breast. ...Read more
Would signs of breast cancer show up on a regular chest ex ray or would that only show up on a mammogram?
No on X-ray : Mammograms are the best diagnostic test to diagnose breast cancer. Coupled with good breast exams and ultrasounds - these are the mainstays of diagnosis. Chest x rays can show advanced cancer if there is metastasis (spread) to the lungs - but typically regular x-rays are not sensitive or specific enough. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have fibrocyctic breast beign cysts all my life can they turn into cancer? I get mammograms every year.
No: Fibrocystic change doesn't increase your risk. If you examine the breast closely, somewhere between 99% and 101% of women have these changes at some time. There are some other proliferative changes that put you at some extra risk, but what you're describing isn't worrisome. I hope you also do self-exam. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breast cancer is so rampant that i believe mammograms are the causation. Where could i verify this information?
MammogramsSAVELives: Your answer is right here--do the math. The radiation exposure of a digital mammogram is 3.7mgy. This is associated with a lifetime-attributable risk of breast cancer of 1.3 cases per 100, 000. The lifetime incidence of breast cancer in us women is 1:8. Mammography is a safe, proven technique for finding cancers well before they are palpable and there is no controversy about its use after age 50. ...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
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