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What is breast screening?

What is breast screening?

Exam & Mammogram: Breast screening check for breast cancer in 2 ways: (1) seeing your provider for an annual breast exam. (2) getting a mammogram ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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At what age can you have a breast screening?

At what age can you have a breast screening?

Age 50 or earlier: Mammograms can detect breast cancer at any age, but the biggest benefit is between the ages of 50 and 74. Starting in your 40's or earlier, or continuing on past age 74 is an individual decision based on risks and preferences. For a complete list of preventive recommendations by age/gender and risk factors (if you have an ipad/ipod/ipad see the prevention checklist 2013 app. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I get a free breast screening in or around philadelphia?

Wanted to know where can I get a free breast screening in or around philadelphia?

Try these places: American cancer society 1-800-acs-2345. Referrals to free mammography screening programs. Limited financial support for follow-up studies *** linda creed breast cancer foundation 215-545-0800 1-888-creed-4-u. Access to free breast cancer screening programs, including clinical breast exam and mammography. Limited financial support for follow-up studies philadelphia department of public health >. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram? I have very dense breasts.

What does it mean if a new focal asymmetry on screening mammogram "flattened into benign pattern" on diagnostic mammogram?  I have very dense breasts.

No abnormality: It generally means that the original appearance on the screening mammogram was due to a coincidental overlapping of normal breast structures, causing the false appearance of a possible abnormality. On the diagnostic images,the overlapping structures spread out and look normal again, proving that the original "abnormality" was not real. A true mass would not flatten or spread out on the diag mammo ...Read more

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Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

Some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.

None: At present there are no definite good alternatives to mammograms for breast screening. Ultrasound and MRI are complimentary to mammograms but do not replace mammograms. Specifically microcalcifications are best seen on mammograms which have resolution of up to 70 microns. There are some advertised screening alternatives but none are as tried and true as mammograms. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to be called back after breast screening?

Is it unusual to be called back after breast screening?

It is not uncommon: This happens quite often because of something suspicious which requires more pictures to be sure and clear any doubts. Most times there is no serious problem found...So you shoukld not get too worked up about it until the doctor has done a proper exam and is sure about the results. ...Read more

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What are some some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.?

What are some some alternatives to mammograms for breast screening.?

Mammography: is the standard of care. Screening MRI may be indicated in certain high risk patients. Screening ultrasound may be useful, but has not been validated by clinical studies at this point. ...Read more

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With regards to breast density shouldn't I be told if im birads 3/4 n suggest other screening? 

With regards to breast density shouldn't I be told if im birads 3/4 n suggest other screening? 

No.: Dense breast tissue is a sort of disclaimer since mammography may not be as reliable for cancer screening in affected people. In contrast, birads is a classification for specific abnormalities seen on mammograms which help guide our decisions for the "next step" in the work-up of this specific abnormality, ie, biopsy, short-term follow up, ultrasound, etc. ...Read more

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On mamaram screening they found a nodulat density within postetior left breast seen only on mlo view. mamagrams since 2011 have been normal. ?

On mamaram screening they found a nodulat density within postetior left breast seen only on mlo view. mamagrams since 2011 have been normal. ?

Needs further workup: A nodular density seen on only a single view of a mammogram (referred to as an asymmetry) requires additional workup, such as extra views with more compression or at different angles, and possibly ultrasound. A nodular density can be normal tissue, a cyst, a tumor, or other. It should not be ignored. ...Read more

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Had a screening mammogram on Tuesday and the results show a 12 mill. asymmetry at middle depth in right breast. Having diag. mam. next week Help!.

Had a screening mammogram on Tuesday and the results show a 12 mill. asymmetry at middle depth in right breast.  Having diag. mam. next week  Help!.

Further tests indica: Further testing as planned is indicated. Also get your doctor to examine your breasts for any palpable lump. The presence of a definite lump requires a biopsy to find its nature(benign versus cancer). We also need to know your age? ...Read more