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Will Silicone Breast Implants Affect Mammograms
A medical device that is used to augment the size of the breast by increasing the volume of the breast mound. Implants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and textures and are surgically inserted either under the breast tissue or in a deeper plane under the muscle. The shell of the implant is made of a flexible silicone elastomer. The inside is filled with either silicone ...Read more
I have silicone breast implants. Is a mammogram just as good as an MRI to check for breast cancer?
Start with mammogram: Mri may be used in the detection of leaks in persons with silicone breast implants; however, mammogram is the place to start for screening for breast ca. If indicated, the radiologist or breast specialist may then order additional tests such as ultrasound or mri. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
NO LOGICAL REASON: Other than administrative bureaucrats making this decision. I have had the same question when 21 years seems to be the age of consent for all other adult behaviors. It appears that the fda wants to give adult women one more year to think about it. There is no logical reason for this arbitrary cutoff. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possible not probabl: While I have removed intact implants that have been in for over 35 years, it is unlikely that at your age (29), current implants with last for your percieved life span. Therefore, while it is possible, it is more likely that you will require removal and replacement for a variety of different reasons including rupture but not limited to size change or scarring or shape change with aging. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not Unless: Saline implants are fda approved for augmentation in women 18 years of age and older. Silicone implants are fda approved for augmentation in women age 22 and older. Saline or silicone implants may be recommended at a younger age if used for reconstruction purposes. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dow Corning + Cronin: Dow corning corporation (no longer in existence) is attributed with producing the first widely available silicone breast implants as well as silicone for other medical devices under the clinical guidance of dr.S cronin and gerow in 1961. A loosely based entertaining story on the history starred david shwimmer and is called "breast men ". ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Best we have: I understand your concerns. However, while the fda may be questioned, it is genrally the best agency available in most developed nations to control and regulate the distribution of drugs and food. While i may have many criticisms of the fda, it does provide some degree of protection with a relative degree of limited bias. One of the primary problems is the prohibitive cost of evaluation. ...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
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