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When Should You Get Your 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
With a family history of breast malignancy, when's the best time for me to get my first mammogram?
Mammo: The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained. ...Read more
I know there are lots of new recommendations but what is the right recommendation for when to get mammograms?
Beginning at age 40.: The U.S. Department of health and human services, american cancer society, american medical association and the american college of radiology recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Those with a family history of a 1st degree relative (like your mother or sister) having been diagnosed premenopausally with breast cancer start 10 years before the age of diagnosis. ...Read more
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