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What is mammogram?

What is mammogram?

X ray: A mammogram is a low dose x ray of the breasts used to screen for breast cancer. ...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


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What is a mammogram?

What is a mammogram?

A Breast X-ray: A mammogram is a special x-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer. ...Read more

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Are mammograms painful?

Are mammograms painful?

Yes but not for long: A woman's breast is squeezed as flat as possible for a couple seconds while the X-ray is taken. It hurts, but it doesn't last long. Most women have no problem tolerating it. It shouldn't keep you from having it done if your doctor recommends it. ...Read more

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What is a mammogram like?

What is a mammogram like?

Needs compression: Most centers in the us take two images. One is oblique (called a medial lateral oblique or mlo) and one is head to toe (called craniocaudal or cc). Compression is required in both projections and this part can be painful. Once the images are obtained they are evaluated by a radiologist who has satisfied certain criteria established by the fda. A report should be available that day or within 1 week. ...Read more

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When must I do mammogram?

When must I do mammogram?

Mammograms: Mammograms are advised starting at age 40 in women' with no predisposing conditions. ...Read more

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Do mammograms really hurt?

Do mammograms really hurt?

Not necessarily hurt: In order to take a good picture breast tissue must be flattened by providing pressure to one direction. This should be explained to patient and performed gently. A large volume breast may need more pressure, but this can be done gently. ...Read more

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Do men get mammograms? How?

Do men get mammograms? How?

Yes, they do: Yes, men get mammogram as well if there is any suspicion on the clinical exam. Mammogram is done on the same exact procedure both in men and women. ...Read more

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How are mammograms done on men?

Same as women: There is no difference in the technique, only the volume of tissue available to be imaged. ...Read more

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What happens during a mammogram?

What happens during a mammogram?

Compression!: A screening mammogram involves taking two pictures of the breast (top-down and side-to-side) to get a complete view of the breast. This is done with the breast tissue "squished" for a few seconds so as to get the best images. I am told that it is as painful as it sounds but the pain usually is gone quickly. Most importantly, we can find cancers much earlier with a high probability for cure. ...Read more

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How is a mammogram done digitally?

How is a mammogram done digitally?

No film: Mammo read off of special computer screen. Obtained same way. See radiologyinfo. Org. ...Read more

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Where can I go to get a mammogram?

Where can I go to get a mammogram?

ACR: Go to the a American College of Radiology Website (acr. Org) where you will find an interactive tool to find accredited mammography facilities near you. ...Read more

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How often should I get a mammogram?

How often should I get a mammogram?

Start annually age40: Annual mammography starting at age 40 is recommended by majority.
This is recommendation of the american cancer society, the american college of radiology, the american college of obstetrics and gynecology, as well as many others.
If one has relatives (specially first-degree relatives) with breast cancer in young age, screening should start earlier. ...Read more

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Should men get mammograms regularly?

Should men get mammograms regularly?

No, the: Incidence of breast cancer in men is too low to warrant a general screening program. Individual men with high risk profiles, however, might be candidates for screening. ...Read more

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When should a woman get a mammogram?

When should a woman get a mammogram?

Yearly age 40 and up: New information suggests a shortened "sojourn" time in younger women. Meaning cancers can grow faster in women in their 40's. While cancers are less common in this group, more frequent screening is important. Risk of breast ca goes up with age, so yearly testing is suggested. Women with strong family history may need to start earlier. ...Read more

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At what age can you get a mammogram?

At what age can you get a mammogram?

Screening mammo: 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. I see you are 44, you should consider getting one soon. ...Read more

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How often should you get a mammogram?

How often should you get a mammogram?

At least every 2 yrs: This is unclear, because a well-done study showed little difference between yearly or every 2 year mammograms in women ages 50-69. The age to start mammograms is also unclear. For women under 50, it takes 1, 904 mammograms to prevent one death from breast cancer. Most groups recommend starting at age 40, but ask your doctor to explain your personal risks and benefits based on your history. ...Read more

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Where can I get a painfree mammogram?

Accredited unit: Most mammograms are almost painfree or associated with little discomfort. Some people experience more pain. Use a mammography service that has accreditation. Some services offer a soft pad on the machine which makes it slightly more comfortable. Talk to the technician before the procedure and alert her/him of your pain threshold.. ...Read more

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How can mammograms be given to males?

How can mammograms be given to males?

The exact same: Technique as with females. A mammogram can be performed on virtually anyone with even minimal tissue in the breast regions. ...Read more

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Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Why is it necessary to do a mammogram?

Mammogram: It is not necessary to get a mammogram. A mammogram is a screening test for breast cancer and considered preventive medicine. 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer, including those with strong family history of (maternal side) breast cancer. Since finding breast cancer in the early stages increases the cure rate, it is to a woman's advantage to get screened. ...Read more

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How long is the result of a mammogram?

Not very: It is increasingly the norm that a patient will be given an initial impression of the mammogram study before they leave the imaging facility. A final report to the patient will routinely follow by mail in a few days along with a report to the referring physician. ...Read more

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Are mammograms really completely safe?

Are mammograms really completely safe?

Mammo Safety: Very little in life is 'completely' safe. We make risk/benefit decisions all the time, without even being conscious of it. For example driving a car, or taking an antibiotic for an infection, carries some risk. With mammography, there is a minimal increased risk of radiation induced cancer. However, medical consensus is that the risk is far outweighed by the potential benefit of early Ca detection ...Read more

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What age is mammogram no longer needed?

It depends: There is no clear cut answer. If you are in relatively good health, no matter what your age, you should probably continue screening. If you have a terminal medical condition, it may not provide much benefit to continue screening. ...Read more

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What does a shadow on a mammogram mean?

Mammogram: Anything above the density of fat, including normal fibroglandular breast tissue, shows up as a "shadow" on a mammogram. The shape and the margins of the shadow are among the features of the shadow that determine if it is suspicious and/or requires additional evaluation. ...Read more

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How are women prepared for a mammogram?

Not as important: Some studies claim that mammograms are better performed at a certain time of the menstrual cycles. More important is the reading... Age, density of the breast, comparison with previous mammograms...
Risk factors as age, family history, previous cancer..... Are important in determining the frequency...
Consult with your doctor.... ...Read more

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Is 17 too young to get a mammogram done?

Yes: Unless there is a obvious mass in the breast, mammography is not done. If a 17 year old has a mass, then evaluation and possible biopsy would be a better choice. ...Read more

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Why do people say mammograms save lives?

Early detection: Mammography detects cancers up to several years before they can be felt. In general, the earlier the diagnosis - the better (and easier) the treatment. ...Read more

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What is the mammogram typically used for?

What is the mammogram typically used for?

Screen breast cancer: Mammogram is an xray technique used to evaluate the breast tissue and ascertain that it's appearance is normal. It is useful to detect very early changes in the tissues that are consistent with cancer of the breast. This changes are not usually palpable by the patient or the doctor on routine exams. ...Read more

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What is the right age to get a mammogram?

Mammogram age?: If your family history has women with early breast cancer (mother, grandmother, sister) age 35 is appropriate for a digital mammogram. If your family history is negative for breast cancer, age 40 would be appropriate. If you have dense heavy breasts, annual mammograms after 40 is suggested. ...Read more

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What happens during and after a mammogram?

Squeezing: During a mammogram, the breast tissue is stretched forward and squeezed tightly between 2 plates. This may feel like pinching or even a sharp pain. It only takes a few seconds to get the x-ray. Then the plates are loosened and in most cases, the discomfort goes away quickly. Two or 3 films may need to be taken of each breast. The better the compression, the easier it is to find tumors! ...Read more

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How do I get ready for my first mammogram?

How do I get ready for my first mammogram?

Mammo prep: Don't put on any deodorant or powder, since it may cause the false appearance of an abnormality. Otherwise, not much else to do! ...Read more

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How old do you have to be for a mammogram?

35 to 40: Under usual circumstances and without any other reasons to do a mammogram, a baseline screening can be done from age 35 to 40. If this was ok then it is recommended to do yearly mammography starting at age 40. There are however, some disagreements as to the efficacy of mammogram between the ages of 40-50 years. American cancer society recommends to get mammogram on a yearly basis from age 40. ...Read more

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Can it take long to get mammogram results?

Can it take long to get mammogram results?

Mammo results: The legal requirement of the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA) is that you receive a results letter within 30 days. Most often patients will hear from their doctor much sooner. If you are very worried, call your doctors office for results. Typically the report should be available within a couple of days. ...Read more

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What is overlapping tissue on a mammogram?

What is overlapping tissue on a mammogram?

Overlapping: Tissue is normal. Since a mammogram is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional object, the occasional overlap of normal tissue superimposed on normal tissue behind it, or in front of it, sometimes looks like an abnormality. Extra views are then necessary to spread out the tissue and prove that it is normal. Only normal tissue will spread out. Real masses persist on extra views. ...Read more

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Are there any riskswhengetting a mammogram?

Are there any riskswhengetting a mammogram?

Mammogram: There is a minimal radiation risk of mammography, which by consensus is outweighed by the benefits of early detection of cancer. Otherwise, no risks. ...Read more

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How long does a mammogram appointment take?

How long does a mammogram appointment take?

Not long: Mammogram itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes. Waiting time to be taken for performance of study in imaging office or hospital is variable. ...Read more

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At what age should I get my first mammogram?

At what age should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: 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. I see you are 46, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram! ...Read more

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How does a mammogram work and is it painful?

How does a mammogram work and is it painful?

See: Radiologyinfo. Org. You will feel pressure from the compression. Mammogram is an important test. ...Read more

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What can I expect at a mammogram appointment?

To get a mammogram: You will have to answer some questions regarding your health, breast condition, past history of any breast related interventions and family history. Your mammogram will be taken by a technologist and read by a radiologis. A typical screening mammogram includes 2 images of each breast. Sometimes additional images mey be needed. You should expect privacy and respect at your appointment. ...Read more

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What are some benefits of getting a mammogram?

What are some benefits of getting a mammogram?

Saving lives: Early detection in breast cancer saves lives.
The purpose of a screening test, is it identify cancer early, when its treatable. ...Read more

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Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

You're overdue: It may be somewhat uncomfortable but tolerable and well worth it. Mammography has decreased breast cancer mortality by up to 50%. If you get one every year rather than every other your chances of dying from breast cancer go down 30%. 20% of cancers are in women in their 40's. What have you been waiting for? ...Read more