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Dr. Carl Decker Dr. Decker
Radiology
20 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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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Dr. Tina Stein Dr. Stein
Radiology
43 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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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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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge Dr. Rutledge
Internal Medicine
37 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Winnie Polen Dr. Polen
Breast Surgery
17 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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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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Dr. Carl Decker Dr. Decker
Radiology
20 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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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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Dr. Joshua Garren Dr. Garren
Radiation Oncology
20 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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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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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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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. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
19 years in practice
Udayana University Faculty of Medicine
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Is a mammogram the most effective way to detect breast cancer?

Is a mammogram the most effective way to detect breast cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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My mammogram was abnormal. What are the chances that I have breast cancer?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Can men get mammograms and if not how do they know they have breast cancer?

Can men get mammograms and if not how do they know they have breast cancer?

Men can: get mammograms. A small percentage of breast cancers occur in men, so if a man has a breast lump, a mammogram and/or ultrasound may be indicated. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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When should young women go in for a mammogram done to detect for breast cancer?

When should young women go in for a mammogram done to detect 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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Dr. Michael Gabor Dr. Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
29 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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How much can breast cancer develop in a year if mammogram was normal one year before?

How much can breast cancer develop in a year if mammogram was normal one year before?

The mean doubling: time(the average time it takes to double in size) for invasive breast cancer is about 130 days, with a range of estimates from 80 days to 260 days. ...Read more

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Dr. Reza Shirazi Dr. Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
16 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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If mammograms slightly increase my risks of breast cancer, why does everyone say to get them?

If mammograms slightly increase my risks of breast cancer, why does everyone say to get them?

Early diagnosis: Because early diagnosis saves lives. Mammogram is a cost effective screening method that has helped decrease cancer mortality from breast cancer by about 37% since 1990s when mammogram became widespread used. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What does it mean if the technician ask if there is a history of breast cancer after a mammogram?

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

Dr. Kenneth Lee Dr. Lee
Surgery - Plastics
17 years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Would signs of breast cancer show up on a regular chest ex ray or would that only show up on a mammogram?

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 more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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I have fibrocyctic breast beign cysts all my life can they turn into cancer? I get mammograms every year.

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 more

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Dr. Barry Rosen Dr. Rosen
Surgery
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Breast cancer is so rampant that i believe mammograms are the causation. Where could i verify this information?

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 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