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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.

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Lee Pederson Dr. Pederson
Surgery
23 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Dr. Michael Sabel Dr. Sabel
Surgery - Oncology
25 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

What is the recommended schedule for having mammograms when do not you have breast cancer history in your family?

Yearly: Most groups recommend yearly mammograms after age 50. There are pros and cons to this, and other factors to consider besides family history, so it is worth discussing with your doctor what is the best screening regimen for you.

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper Dr. Kleerekoper
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
47 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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I have to have "XR mammogram both" following breast cancer what does this involve? Is it just a normal mammogram?

I have to have "XR mammogram both" following breast cancer what does this involve? Is it just a normal mammogram?

Breast cancer: Almost certainly not! My daughter is still struggling with her breast cancer.but things are going OK! Wish you well!

Dr. Herbert Hoover Dr. Hoover
General Practice
47 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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I am 39yrs old, had mammogram 4/10/10came back normal. When should I have another mammogram? Both my grandma's had breast cancer.

I am 39yrs old, had mammogram 4/10/10came back normal. When should I have another mammogram? Both my grandma's had breast cancer.

At age 40: Unless your grandmothers had breast cancer at an early age, you should have your next mammogram at age 40. You should have them yearly thereafter.

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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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Mammogram with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Result 0.6 CM asymmetry in the central region of breast what does this mean?

Mammogram with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Result 0.6 CM asymmetry in the central region of breast what does this mean?

Was this a: Screening mammo? It sounds like there is a potential abnormality. Were additional views recommended? 80% of the time this turns out to be nothing of concern. Talk to your doctor about the next steps.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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If my breasts naturally feel lumpy and bumpy all over, how am I supposed to tell what would be breast cancer? 33 yrs old so no yearly mammograms yet.

If my breasts naturally feel lumpy and bumpy all over, how am I supposed to tell what would be breast cancer? 33 yrs old so no yearly mammograms yet.

Dominant mass: This is a very common situation. Any dominant mass -- one that is clearly different from the others, perhaps notably larger, harder, fixed to the skin or chest wall -- is the one to bring to your physician.

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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


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