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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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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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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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Is it bad to get first mammogram in their 50's?

Mammogram.: Organizations like the American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology recommend starting screening at 40. There are some who recommend starting at 50. Either way, now is probably an appropriate time for you to have your first mammogram. ...Read more

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How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

How old should a woman be to get a first mammogram?

It depends: For most women, age 40. For women with a history of breast cancer in a mother, sister, or daughter, possibly younger. This depends on the age the relatives developed breast cancer. Ultrasound and MRI are better tests in young women with dense breasts. For women with a suspicious lump, a mammogram, ultrasound, and possibly breast MRI should be done regardless of age. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I get my first mammogram?

Make an appt.: According to the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, and most 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 50, so now is the time for you to get your first mammogram! ...Read more

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With a family history of breast malignancy, when's the best time for me to get my first mammogram?

With a family history of breast malignancy, when's the best time for me to get my first mammogram?

Earlier: You should start 10 years before the youngest family member age at diagnosis. Example: mother had breast cancer at 40, you should start at 30. ...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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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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