(ROJ-BCAW) “Can I be certain that, if my mammogram shows no sign of breast cancer, I definitely don’t have it?” – 12oct7

(ROJ-BCAW) “Can I be certain that, if my mammogram shows no sign of breast cancer, I definitely don’t have it?” – 12oct7

Posted on October 7, 2012

ROJ Breast Cancer Awareness Write-ups (ROJ-BCAW) – 12oct7

Diagnostic tests for breast cancer

Objective:

The Filipino community is made aware of the usefulness and limitations of mammography as well as the usefulness of a physical examination of the breast by a breast specialist.

Note: This question was lifted from:

http://www.avvo.com/medical-advice/how-accurate-are-mammograms-for-detecting-breast-c-892316.html

Question: Can I be certain that, if my mammogram shows no sign of breast cancer, I definitely don’t have it?

Answers given by (to which I agree, especially those underlined):

Dr. Timothy Lloyd Davis, MD, PhD

Indianapolis Diagnostic Radiologist

Certainly not.  

Mammography is one of the best methods we have for screening the general population, but it is not nearly as good as we would like it to be.

Your doctor should be doing a physical examination including breast palpation exam. Physical exam can find some cancers that mammography cannot.

Also if you have a change in breast contour, or a new or enlarging lump, or nipple changes or bloody discharge, these can be signs of cancer that might not be visible on the mammogram ……

The precise sensitivity of mammography depends on the density of the breast.

In younger denser breasts, or in people on hormone replacement, sensitivity is rather low, perhaps as low as 60%, whereas some patient populations with fatty breasts have had sensitivity as high as 95%.

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ROJoson’s Comments and Additional Answers:

Take note of the importance of physical examination by a breast specialist.  It can detect things missed by mammography.

A Service from ROJoson Medical Clinic / ROJoson Breast Wellness Clinic

Part of ROJ Project Breast Cancer Consciousness Month (BCCM)

ROJ Breast Cancer Awareness Write-ups (ROJ-BCAW)

2011 October to 2014 October

Goal:

Filipino community made conscious of at least the following:

  • Basics and generalities in breast cancer (including promotion and restoration of breast wellness)
  • Issues in breast cancer
  • Recognition of breast cancer
  • Diagnostic tests for breast cancer
  • Treatment for breast cancer
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