It can be scary when your doctor says she found something on your mammogram. Does this mean breast cancer? Dr. Tom Miller and Dr. Nicole Winkler discuss what it means when you get the call to come back for more tests. They also talk about what the findings might mean and the realistic chances of developing cancer.
Whether it’s a pap smear, a mammogram, or even a colonoscopy, medical screenings are vital to staying healthy as we age. But is there a point when you no longer need them? Dr. Kirtly Jones takes a look at the research behind common preventive screenings and under what circumstances you may no longer need to be tested.
When it comes to developing breast cancer, size does not matter. A smaller breast does not lead to a smaller risk of developing a tumor. Women's health expert, Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones speaks with breast imaging specialist Dr. Helene Mrose about what really impacts the chances of developing breast cancer and the importance of getting a cancer screening.
Don’t panic. Dense breast tissue is not cancer. The results are merely informing you that, like 40 percent of American women, your breast tissue is particularly fibrous. This does, however, make it more difficult for a mammogram to see through the entire breast. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explains dense breasts in further detail and what alternative screening methods might work the best for you.
There are two kinds of mammograms available to women. While both mammograms are used to prevent breast cancer, they are different depending on whether or not a woman has any symptoms. Radiologist Dr. Anna McGow explains the differences between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram. Learn which mammogram is right for you.
There is a lot of confusion about when to get a mammogram. Some groups say 40, some 50. Others say you should get a baseline at 40. Is it necessary? It sounds like a good idea, to have a picture of what things looked like so at 50 a doctor can determine if anything has changed. But is it really a good idea? What are the downsides or things you need to watch out for if your physician suggests a baseline mammogram. Dr. Kirtly Jones talks about those issues and what you need to know to have that conversation with your physician.