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Early detection of breast cancer starts with regular self-examination for lumps and imagining studies. Other factors that can boost the danger of breast cancer include dense breasts, obesity, a couch potato life style, and a higher lifetime exposure to hormones estrogen and progesterone. Dr. Jewell asks you to consider your own risks of developing breast cancer and speak openly about your risk factors and concerns. A baseline mammogram should start around 40, catching cancer early gives a woman the best chance of survival.
Will I still be able to get a mammogram if I have implants?
Women who have breast implants appear to be at lower risk of developing breast cancer than the general population, according to studies. Having implants will not interfere with a mammogram’s detection of cancer when done properly. Women with implants should ask for a diagnostic exam instead of the screening views given to women without implants. It is a good idea to call the imagining center prior to the mammogram and ask for a technician who knows how to do the diagnostic exam or Eklund views.
How soon after breast surgery can I have a mammogram done?
Depending upon the needs of a woman, a mammogram can be scheduled any time after breast surgery. If a routine exam is necessary within a few months of surgery, it is probably better to schedule your mammogram prior to surgery. To not disrupt wound healing please allow 4 to 6 months before scheduling a yearly mammogram. If you find a lump or encounter nipple discharge after surgery please call the office for an appointment and let Dr. Jewell exam you before scheduling a mammogram. He has an ultra sound imaging device that will give him more information to direct which test may be required for further studies.
Will implant placement affect what the mammogram can detect?
Dr. Jewell surgically develops the pocket for an implant which can be placed in front of the pectoralis chest muscle or partially behind the pectoralis muscle. In all cases, the implants are placed behind the breast tissue so that the implant does not obscure the detection of breast cancer when the diagnostic mammogram is performed. There are many different criteria that affect where to place the implants. This is an important decision that is best explored by you and Dr. Jewell together once he has had the opportunity to examine your breasts.