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I have a family history of breast cancer and would like to know when my mammograms should start?

I have a family history of breast cancer and would like to know when my mammograms should start?

Earlier than 40: It depends- how strong a family history, if other family members have been tested positive for the brca 1 or 2 gene mutations help guide when screening mammograms should start, or for considering genetic counseling.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

How often do mammograms miss breast cancer?

Approximately 10%: Mammograms are the best, most cost-effective method for identifying non-palpable breast cancers, but are by no means perfect. Some cancers (infiltrating lobular) are very difficult to see on mammography. Furthermore, some women have very dense breast tissue that obscures visualization of a cancer. Therefore, a normal mammogram should never determine how to evaluate a palpable breat lump.

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Can mammograms miss breast cancer 5 years in a row?

Can mammograms miss breast cancer 5 years in a row?

Not likely: If you have dense breasts that are difficult to read with mammograms or a very slow growing tumor, it is possible but unlikely. It is important to combine a mammogram with a breast exam by your health care provider and your own monthly breast self exam. Make sure you are getting digital mammograms.

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Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Is it possible that stage 4 breast cancer go undetected on a mammogram?

Yes: Mammography is about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so it won't find 20% of them. No test is 100% accurate. So, unfortunately the answer to your question is yes.

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What are the current mammogram recommendations to prevent breast cancer?

What are the current mammogram recommendations to prevent breast cancer?

Variable: Most us radiographic and oncologic groups recommend annual screening beginning at age 40. (continuing as long as life expectancy exceeds 10 years.) european groups point out the lower likelihood of breast cancer in young women and the higher false positive rate and recommend later, and less frequent screenings. Obviously - a strong family history may change your personal recommendation.

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Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

Detecting breast cancer appropriate to have thermography for women vs mammogram?

The use of: Mammography as a screening test has been validated by many years of outcomes data. Thermography, not so much.

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History of breast cancer in my family. Will a mammogram show anything if tiny tumor?

Breast cancer: Depending on your breast density/composition on mammography, a tumor as small as 3-4 mm may be identified.

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At what age should I start getting mammogram with a close family history of breast cancer?

At what age should I start getting mammogram with a close family history of breast cancer?

10yrs earlier...: ...Than the age of diagnosis of any close relative with breast cancer, or at age 40 (whichever age is lower). As an aside, you may want to clarify with a breast doctor just how high your risk is for breast cancer. Most cases of breast ca are environmental, not hereditary. People have a tendency to assume more risk than may actually be present.

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How old should a female when she should start getting mammograms to check for breast cancer?

How old should a female when she should start getting mammograms to check for breast cancer?

Depends: In the absence of a family history of breast cancer, the american cancer society recommends annual screening mammography starting at the age of 40. This should be performed in conjunction with an annual clinical breast exam by the patient's doctor. A self breast exam is also recommended.

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Is breast density a risk factor for breast cancer? Mammogram noted "extremely dense breasts".

Yes, breast density: Is a risk factor for breast cancer. The relative risk for extremely dense breasts is about 4x the relative risk of patients with almost entirely fatty breasts, and about 1.6x the RR for "average" density breasts. Find out all you need to know at http://www. Breastdensity. Info/

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Should I get a mammogram at 18 years old, my grandmother had breast cancer, should I take action now?

Should I get a mammogram at 18 years old, my grandmother had breast cancer, should I take action now?

No mammogram yet.: First of all, the probability of a teenager getting breast cancer is less than one in a million, so there is no need for a mammogram (until age 40). If your grandmother is the only member of your family with breast or ovarian cancer, chances are that you have no increased risk for breast cancer as compared to any other woman in the US. Nevertheless, you are never too young to learn self-examination.

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I am 62, years old, if I do not have a family history of breast cancer, why do I have to have a mammogram every year?

Preventative: Yearly screening mammogram testing is recommended to watch for any early changes or concerns, as it is much better to find something early and small rather than wait until something may be found large and advanced or spreading. Part of a yearly physical examination may be blood testing and mammogram, and having normal findings is good. I am glad for you, and it is great for you to have good news.

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Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Can a 57 year old woman have breast cancer if last mammogram was 1.5 years ago and normal? Never had an abnormal mammogram. What stage cancer?

Yes: The normal mammograms in the past won't protect you from future breast cancer. Also, mammograms are about 80% sensitive for detecting cancer, so 20% of cancers won't be seen. 1.5 years is enough time for a cancer to double in size 6 times. If you have a lump, see your doctor. If not, please resume your screening mammography.

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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.

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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.

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Do you think I should get mammograms earlier or be tested for the breast cancer gene?

If you are: 45, you should already be getting mammograms according to ACS guidelines. If you have a strong family history, genetic testing might be appropriate, but talk to your doctor about it.

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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Occurs when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. Often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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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