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Which test is better for finding cancers, a mammogram or an ultrasound?

Which test is better for finding cancers, a mammogram or an ultrasound?

Mammogram: Mammograms are excellent for finding any abnormality in the breast, and thus are best as a screening test for cancer. Ultrasounds are most useful after finding an abnormality on mammogram or examination; we can then direct the ultrasound to the area in question to help determine if it is worthy of biopsy or observation. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...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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Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Mri showed no cancer but need to go for another mammogram and ultrasound in 6 months. Why? Doctors office wouldn't say why.

Follow up Testing: This is the standard of care in medicine. If something is too small to see on a scan and that something is suspicious enough then if it is an unwanted growth...Then growth very well may show up in other studies in a few months. This scanning on a schedule is the way medicine is often practiced. ...Read more

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Mammogram shows macro calcifications,& bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Mammogram shows macro calcifications,& bilateral axillary sub cm nodes. Ultrasound shows normal readings. Strong family history of bc &uterine cancer.

Tested for gene?: Have you been tested for the BRCA gene yet? Breast, ovarian and colon cancer are associated with that gene. Uterine cancer usually will show a thickness in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) on ultrasound or irregular bleeding. Keep seeing your MD for regular evaluations and good luck. ...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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What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

What's the difference between mammogram and ultrasound for breast cancer detection?

Complementary: A mammogram is an excellent screening test, designed to find cancers before they are palpable. An ultrasound is best utilized for determining the severity of what was seen on mammography. Using the info from both studies, we can then decide if biopsy is necessary. Ultrasound is also a tool to supplement physical exams--it's like a stethoscope for breast surgeons. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between mammogram and ultrasound when it comes to breast cancer detection?

I want to know what is the difference between mammogram and ultrasound when it comes to breast cancer detection?

Xrays vs ultrasound : Mammograms are images obtained by compressing the breast and exposing the breast tissue to x rays from several directions. Various findings on these x ray images could be a sign of cancer. Ultrasound images are obtained by sending high frequency sound waves into (breast) tissue and capturing reflected sound waves back. These are then used to generate an image. Breast cancer can often be detected. ...Read more

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I had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound today. They found a hard mass behind my nipple. I was referred to the surgeon. Is it Cancer?

I had a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound today. They found a hard mass behind my nipple. I was referred to the surgeon. Is it Cancer?

Biopsy: You have been referred to the surgeon most likely to organize a biopsy. A tissue sample can be taken from the mass to determine if it is benign or malignant. Most breast masses are benign but it is very important to have this evaluated. ...Read more

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Family history of breast cancer, when to get a mammogram and ultrasound?

Family history of breast cancer, when to get a mammogram and ultrasound?

See below: If you have a first degree relative (mother or sister) who was diagnosed at age <50 then take the age at diagnosis and subtract 10 years. So if your mother was diagnosed at age 46, you would start at age 36. Otherwise, all women should start annual screening mammograms at age 40. ...Read more

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42 yrs old hx of cyst on right breast drained once dr requested ultrasound on same spot after bad mammogram should I beworried about cancer?

42 yrs old hx of cyst on right breast drained once dr requested ultrasound on same spot after bad mammogram should I beworried about cancer?

No not really: CYSTS ARE BENIGN. THEY AREA COMMON AND QUITE HARMLESS. BREASTS NEED TO BE CHECKED WITH EITHER MAMMOGRAM OR ULTRASOUND. THAT IS WHY YOUR DOCTOR HAS ADVISED YOU TO DO AN ULTRASOUND. SO GO AHEAD WITHOUT ANY WORRY. ...Read more

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Maybe fibre, irregular shape in my right breast when doing an ultrasound. Mom had breast cancer 4yrs ago and her aunt before. Is a mammogram needed?

Maybe fibre, irregular shape in my right breast when doing an ultrasound. Mom had breast cancer 4yrs ago and her aunt before. Is a mammogram needed?

Probably not: For the average risk woman, screening mammo should begin at 40. For very high risk patients, for example BRCA gene carriers, screening can begin earlier. Have your doctor assess your risk profile to see where you fit in. ...Read more

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Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Would metastatic cervical cancer in the breast appear the same as breast cancer on mammogram and ultrasound?

Possibly on imaging: Cervical cancer (the tissue at the end of the vaginal canal) rarely metastasizes to the breast. Rather breast cancer may metastasize to many areas of body, such as bone, lung, brain, lymph nodes. That being said, any abnormal growth in the breast, though mostly breast tissue, could look similarly by mammogram or ultrasound. The bottom line is if there is an abnormality, must be biopsied. ...Read more

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Yesterday i had several mammograms. and ultrasound of my left breast, findings so far where two fibroids or two mass, could it be cancer?

Yesterday i had several mammograms. and ultrasound of my left breast, findings so far where two fibroids or two mass, could it be cancer?

From the limited: information provided, it sounds like the probability of cancer is low. However, depending on the ultrasound/mammographic characteristics of the masses(possible Fibroadenomas I gather), one or both of them could require serial follow up or needle biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Talk to your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more

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I have fibrocystic breasts and I only get mammograms and ultrasounds every 2 years. Is this enough? I am 34 with no family history of breast cancer.

I have fibrocystic breasts and I only get mammograms and ultrasounds every 2 years. Is this enough? I am 34 with no family history of breast cancer.

More than enough: There is controversy about mammography and some doubt that routine mammography reduces breast cancer mortality. What you are doing is more than recommended by preventive services task force. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/712473 ...Read more

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I had a mammogram and ultrasound and result in mail we're clear but doctors office was persistent that i keep appointment with breast cancer spec why?

I had a mammogram and ultrasound and result in mail we're clear but doctors office was persistent that i keep appointment with breast cancer spec why?

Did your: doctor feel something abnormal on exam? A small % of cancers are not seen on mammo/ultrasound, and are found only on exam. Speak with your doc about why you need to see the specialist. ...Read more

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Is it likely that I have breast cancer if the doctors took a mammogram, then an ultrasound, then a breast mri?

Is it likely that I have breast cancer if the doctors took a mammogram, then an ultrasound, then a breast mri?

Maybe: It is possibe that this could still be benign, it sounds like the docs are checking up on an abnormal mammogram finding. If it was highly suspicious, you would have already have had a biopsy. Hopefully you will get the results soon - get a biopsy if needed, or hopefully, be reassured that it looks ok and have appropriate follow-up scheduled. ...Read more

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My mom had breast cancer, i'm 39 and i just had a mammogram and breast ultrasound and got called back to my doctor, should I be worried?

No just follow-up: You had a screening mammogram. This test is designed to determine if your mammogram is normal or abnormal. An abnormal mammogram does not mean you have breast cancer. You can have a fibroadenoma, a breast cyst or other benign breast condition which are much more common than breast cancer. The next step if the screening mammogram is abnormal is to perform a diagnostic mammogram of the area. ...Read more

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Have bilateral breast tenderness for six months. Getting ultrasound and mammogram. Is breast cancer the primary concern with these symptoms.

Have bilateral breast tenderness for six months.  Getting ultrasound and mammogram.  Is breast cancer the primary concern with these symptoms.

More like Gynecomast: Breast cancer is typically not tender and is not likely to be bilateral in a male patient(does happen in female breast cancer but it is very rare). ...Read more

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Had ultrasound and mammogram 4 bilteral male breast tenderness had for 6 mths. Why do both? Are either gynecomastia or cancer possible?

Had ultrasound and mammogram  4 bilteral male breast tenderness had for 6 mths.  Why do both?  Are either gynecomastia or cancer possible?

Important to exclude: Yes both are possible and need to be excluded. Late gynecomastia development may be caused by hormonal imbalance as a side effect of medications. ...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


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