Mammogram

woman getting mammogram

Mammography is the study of the breasts using X-ray. The actual test is called a mammogram.

There has been some controversy on when a patient should have their first screening mammogram and how often to have further testing. We feel routine screening should begin at age 40 and then should be done on a yearly basis. If there is a strong family history of breast cancer prior to menopause, screening should begin at age 35.

New technology allows for mammograms to be done digitally and with minimal radiation exposure. Cancers can be diagnosed when the tumors are extremely small and prior to when they can be palpated by your physician or be found on self-breast examination.

The reason all women should have this important test is the fact that one in nine women will develop breast cancer. Early detection saves lives because abnormal tissue can be removed before it has a chance to spread. Early detection also allows surgery which can preserve the natural breast.

Occasionally the mammogram shows extremely dense breast tissue. When this happens, additional tests may be recommended. Additional testing could include extra mammogram views, ultrasonography, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).

Not all breast cancers show up on a mammogram. Therefore it is also important to have a yearly breast examination by your physician and perform monthly self-breast examination.

Author
Dr. Luis Usuga Dr. DeLeon received his MD and surgical training at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. Dr. DeLeon then served as a Resident of General Surgery at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Lansdown, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Jackson Memorial Hospital, university of Miami, and at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. DeLeon has been in private practice in the Dallas metroplex since October 1998. He is a preceptor for Medical students. Dr. DeLeon is Board Certified and is a member of the American College OB/GYN, snd the AMA

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