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Breast Cancer Screening


A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. The breast is flattened in different positions between two plates and two views are taken for each breast. For comparison, generally, both the breasts are x-rayed. Mammograms are crucial for the early detection and diagnosis of cancer. Changes in the breast are easily detected, which may be early signs of breast cancer.

Breast compression is slightly uncomfortable. When is done for the routine checkup, it is best done after periods as it is less uncomfortable then.

Chennai Breast Centre is equipped with the fastest, highest resolution breast tomosynthesis mammography system with superior-performing low dose 3D™ exam with more accuracy. This technology is particularly useful in women with dense breasts.

Breast Screening with mammography is recommended every 2 years for women over 40 years. Women with a higher risk (ie) strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer are recommended to have annual mammograms. Additionally, Breast MRI will also be required in women who have inherited breast cancer gene mutations.

When abnormalities are detected on screening, further diagnostic workup that includes a breast Ultrasound and image-guided ( Stereo or Ultrasound-guided breast biopsies ) will be performed.

 

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Authored by Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna

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