No. 10 to 15 percent of breast cancers can not be seen on mammograms even if a mass or other finding is physically identified. For that reason women are told to examine themselves monthly and see their doctor for an exam yearly or more if they have prior history of breast cancer that was treated.
No. Mammograms are only one tool to detect breast cancers. Lobular breast cancers, which make up 15% of breast cancers, and inflammatory breast cancers are often not seen on mammogram. I tell patients there are three parts to detecting breast cancer: 1. Self-exam monthly 2. Breast exam by healthcare professional yearly, and 3. Mammogram yearly after age 40.
Most. Mammograms are the gold standard for breast cancer screening, but they are not 100%. In addition to yearly mammograms, you should be having a clinical breast exam performed by a physician.
Yes most of the time. Accuracy of mammography in varies serious positive for ca any where from 78% to 90 % but over all not 100% as in biopsy. For the diagnosis other parameters are involved like specific findindings, besides age, family history, physical findings, genetic diseases, personal habits, medications etc regular breast examination, awareness is also essential for early diagnosis and cure.
Mammograms. Mammograms are the number 1 way that breast cancer is found in the us. The mammogram does not give a diagnosis, they only give a suspicion. Then a biopsy is done to give a diagnosis.
Mammograms. Detect calcifications and masses in some cases, but cannot prove the cancer, you need a biopsy to prove cancer. All cancers are not detectable by mammograms. There remains lively discussion about the value of mammograms, but used within guidelines, remains a good idea.
Breast self exam. Breast cancer is rare in young women, but not impossible. It is good to be comfortable knowing what are normal "lumps and bumps" for you and how your breast change during your menstural cycle. If you notice a lump that is new or diffferent, or any nipple bleeding or discharge, bring it to your dr.'s attention asap. Most woment find their own masses. Be comfortable performing a breast self exam.
Exam, 'Gram, MRI. Thankfully, breast cancer is rare in young women, which explains why we begin screening at 40. Although controversial, I am a proponent of self-examination and have cared for many women who have found their own cancers. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, we begin mammography 10 years before your relative was diagnosed. An MRI can be very helpful in young women with dense breasts.
Self exam, doctor. Exam. Knowing your body (breasts for women; testes for men) is the first defense. Mamograms at young age deliver radiation more likely to cause problems than find them. Mammos rarely find the 15% of cancers called lobular carcinoma. Examine yourself during all phases of menstrual cycle to see normal variations. Call your doc if you find a change.
I just had a mammogram and they said there no cancer but the breast density; predominantly fatty. What does this mean?
Confusing. Dense breasts can make it hard to find cancer on mammogram. There is reason to think that people who have dense breasts should have mris instead. Fatty breasts, however, are not dense, and are easily imaged on mammogram.
This is standard. ACR breast density nomenclature. "Predominantly fatty" is Breast Density category A. Radiologists classify breast density into one of 4 categories, A through D, in order of increasing density. So your breasts are mostly (at least 75%) normal fatty tissue, with a less than 25% dense fibroglandular component. You do not have dense breasts, you have the opposite.
Not a good term. In a mammogram we are looking for a well defined Nodule (Mass) or cluster of calcifications. What this report says is that your breast image was not uniformly dark (normal). Breast images in younger women can be whiter (reported as dense breasts) but that is entirely normal as long as there is no mass detected. For dense breasts, Radiologist will often add a second imaging test like, Ultrasound orMRI.
My mammogram birad is 0 with asymmetrical increased density in my right breast. Does this mean cancer?
Need more eval. Birads 0 means it is incomplete and further evaluation is needed. They either will recommend you to get an ultrasound or MRI to further evaluate the breast density.
Not necessarily. Birads categories are just a shorthand way of communicating. Zero means test results are not certain, and you need another test to find out what's going on. You may need a close up mammogram, ultrasound, or maybe even a biopsy. In my experience, about 80% of the time it turns out to be something benign. Do follow up about it to be sure.
No. This means that more imaging is needed before they can make a final read.