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a radiograph of the breast.
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The record produced by mammography.
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1. An image of the breast produced by mammography.
2. The procedure performed to produce such an image.
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Imaging A diagnostic x-ray of the breast. See Mammography.
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The record produced by mammography.
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Patient discussion about mammogram

Q. I am going for my first mammography, Is this test harmful? I am going for my first mammography on coming Tuesday…….just was worried as the doctor is suspecting a tumor….Is this test harmful?

A. Generally there is no harm. It may be harmful when you have them during or a week before the menstrual periods as due the tenderness of the breasts may cause discomfort.

Q. I am having mammograms annually since 10 years (now 43). I am having mammograms annually since 10 years (now 43), I'm not sure how much of the "armpit" area is included. I have recently noticed a lump on my right about half way between my breast and my armpit. It can be tricky to locate at times and I really don't think it's anything serious as it feels smooth and round. I do have very dense breasts. I had a core biopsy done on the same breast, upper & outer quadrant, some years ago that was benign. I am going to have my mammo for this year and I was wondering if this area between the breast and the armpit will be covered?

A. It’s difficult to get that area of the armpit in mammogram and I don't think they can get that close. If there is a lump, it will need to be addressed. Just let doctor know. Maybe they will send you for ultrasound. Good luck for your treatment.

Q. I know about breast cancer and I don’t have any lump and I had mammography but nothing was revealed…… I have been diagnosed with breast cancer now, till last week I was suspected with an allergy and I was on antibiotics and suddenly it came with cancer after my biopsy ………I know about breast cancer and I don’t have any lump and I had mammography but nothing was revealed…….anyone with some information on this problem…….now my doctor is planning to give me a chemo…..and all this is going very fast …..

A. again agree with dominic, but that's not harmful if you find a second opinion.
but if the second professional opinion says the same, then i will encourage you to follow your doctor's advise.

the earlier it is taken care, the better the result will be

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Performance characteristics included the following: sensitivity (the proportion of abnormal mammograms classified as abnormal); specificity (the proportion of normal mammograms classified as normal); positive predictive value (PPV) (the proportion of mammograms classified as abnormal that were abnormal according to radiologists' assessments and recommendations); and negative predictive value (NPV) (the proportion of mammograms classified as normal that were normal based on radiologists' assessments and recommendations).
Among the reasons given for not scheduling a mammogram, women cited high cost and lack of insurance as the most significant.
"Mammograms can actually pick up on some breast cancers six months to two years before the cancer can be something that you actually feel with your hand," Miller says.
“The Waterview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center family urges women who are 40 years of age to start discussing with their doctors about having a mammogram. It is important that women have screening exams in order to detect breast cancer in its early stages,” says Michael Berger, an administrator at Waterview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Examining 600,000 medical records from Sweden's national health system, researchers compared breast cancer diagnoses and outcomes for women who started biennial mammograms at age 40 to those who started screenings at age 50.
The number of mammograms and the biopsy outcome is reflected in Table 1.
But if you're too young for a mammogram, a self-exam plus an annual exam at your doctor's may be your best bet for early detection.
There's a lot of confusion about when and how often to get a mammogram. For now, the recommendation is that women get a mammogram once a year, beginning at age 40.
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued guidelines stating that women age 50 to 74 at average risk of breast cancer should get a mammogram every two years instead of annually.
The results show a need for stronger emphasis on regular mammograms for older women, he said.
The benefits of a mammogram depend on the patient's age.
Dr Jalaa Taher, head of cancer control and prevention at the HAAD, said that cultural sensitivities in the UAE made the whole process extremely distressing for women, especially since mammograms require intensive assessments for over ten minutes.