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I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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Can the mammography test discover the breast cancer even if the woman had a breast enlargement surgery (silicon)?

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 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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Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

Silicone breast implants can couse breast cancer?

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 more

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Pulonary neruopathy: could the cause be my silicone breast inplants from breast cancer but never had any cemo or radiation?

Pulonary neruopathy: 
 could the cause be my silicone breast inplants from breast cancer but never had any cemo or radiation?

No: I sympathize with your condition but it is highly unlikely that your implants would cause a pulmonary neuropathy. The mastectomy does by nature of the surgery, resect many nerves but while this may cause referred pain, will not cause pulmonary problems. ...Read more

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Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Can mammograms detect all types of breast cancer?

Yes: Yes, however, it depends on your breast density. The more dense your breast tissue is, the increased possibility that a mass may not be seen. ...Read more

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How does breast cancer appear like on a mammogram?

How does breast cancer appear like on a mammogram?

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 more

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How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

How do you check breast cancer other than mammogram?

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 more

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How can they detect breast cancer without a mammogram?

How can they detect breast cancer without a mammogram?

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 more

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Could a mammogram before 40 increase risk for breast cancer?

Good point.: Risk of radiation induced breast cancer is probably negligible, compared to benefits of mammography. But you should undergo any test only when it is medically indicated, because every diagnostic test has its risks as well as benefits. ...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


Silicone (Definition)

Silicones are inert, synthetic compounds with a variety of forms and uses. Typically rubber-like, they are used medically in breast implants and to replace arthritic mp ...Read more