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I have fibrocystic breasts and I only get mammograms and ultrasounds every 2 years. Is this enough? I am 34 with no family history of breast cancer.

More than enough. There is controversy about mammography and some doubt that routine mammography reduces breast cancer mortality. What you are doing is more than recommended by preventive services task force. You may consult this site for more info: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/712473. Read more...

How do they do good mammograms if fibrocystic breasts?

Improved technology. The technology of mammography machines has improved considerably over the past several years and can differentiate lesions more readily unless the breasts are extremely dense.. Read more...
Same. Fibrocystic breast are dense and this makes it harder to see tumors and malignant calcifications but they can be seen. If the mammography is very unreliable then MRI should be considered. Read more...

How is a biopsy taken of a palpable breast lump if it doesn't show up in ultrasound or mammogram? Wondering how they accurately guide the needle?

Lump biopsy. They do it the old fashioned way, before we had ultrasound to guide us. They palpate the lump and guide the needle in that way to get a biopsy specimen. It works ! Read more...
They can do it. by palpation. Another imaging option is Breast MRI. It is highly sensitive for carcinoma. If it is negative, you may not need a biopsy. If it is positive, biopsy could be performed with MRI guidance. Read more...

My family doc confirmed a breast lump and offered me two options: general surgeon consultation or mammogram/ultrasound study. Which one should I pick?

Mammogram / US first. Mammogram and ultrasound should be the first steps here. Based on that your doctor will be able to determine what is next. Even if you are referred to a general surgeon or a breast surgeon, it would be nice to have the results of the mammogram and ultrasound before hand. That way the surgeon will have more information and that will save you at least 1 visit. Best wishes, ariel. Read more...
Mammogram/ultrasound. For any palpable breast lump you need to do mammogram/ultrasound to define the lump and than if indicated surgery or biopsy a referal can be made to a interventional radiologist, or a general or breast surgeon imaging will differentiate detween solid and cystic masses and will guide further testing and treatment. Read more...
Mammogram. You need to do a mammogram right away and then go see a surgeon who may advise you to do a biopsy if there is indeed a lump present that the surgeon can confirm with his hands or see it with a mammogram. Read more...
Both. A mammogram needs to be done of the affected breast and your other breast as well. The breast radiologist may suggest an ultrasound. In any case, a needle biopsy can be done by the radiologist. If the results are unclear, suspicious, or consistent with cancer, then i would recommend that you see a surgeon with experience with breast surgery. Read more...
Imaging studies. should be performed first. General surgeon should be fine, but if you have access to a breast specialist, that would be optimum for follow up. Read more...