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Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?

Besides a colonoscopy, mamography, skin cancer exam, can one cancer protect his/her life? Or, is it part of ones life process until diagnosis?

Health: Other ways to promote your health 1. Don't smoke 2. Exercise on a regular basis 3. Maintain a healthy body weight 4. Wear sunscreen 5. Have routine physicals performed by your doctor 6. Limit your consumption of alcohol All things that sound like common sense, but we sometimes forget to do. ...Read more

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Additional evaluation needed on mamograph does not necessaily mean that there is a serious problem, right?

Serious: Yes, you are right - the evaluation does not necessarily mean there is a serious problem. If there is a problem I would appreciate hearing from you. ...Read more

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What are the physical risks of mammography?

What are the physical risks of mammography?

Radiation: The radiation exposure associated with mammography is very low yet not zero. Therefore, it is best to avoid mammograms before age 40 unless there is a strong family history. Most importantly, the benefit of mammography--early breast cancer diagnosis--far outweighs these risks in appropriate women. Mammograms save lives. ...Read more

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Would mammography or mammogram procedure hurt?

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

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Does the mammography technician ask questions?

Does the mammography technician ask questions?

Yes: She may go over your breast health history, for example if you have had a prior biopsy, and your family history of breast cancer. She may ask when and where you had previous mammograms. Also she will verify your identity. ...Read more

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Looking for mammography center that doesn't hurt so much?

Looking for mammography center that doesn't hurt so much?

Call ahead and ask: If the center will allow the patient to control the breast compression herself during mammography. Tell them ahead of the exam that you are very sensitive. But understand that the more compression applied the better the examination and the technologist will try to get you to the point of maximum compression. Having a mammogram the week after you get your period should minimize discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the appropriate age to start Mammography for all women?

What is the appropriate age to start Mammography for all women?

Some variations in p: There is an ongoing debate about this question. In the US, it often recommended that women at standard risk begin mammography at 40 years of age. A recent revised recommendation suggested that age be upped to 45 years. In Europe the Age is 50 years and older. My recommendation is to begin at 40 years of age and repeat it every 12 to 18 month intervals. others may have different opinions. ...Read more