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Mammography Problems  

Are there any problems with mammography?

As with any medical test, mammography has limitations. The limitations of mammograms are:

  • Mammograms are only part of a complete breast exam. If mammograms show abnormalities your healthcare provider will follow-up with other tests.

  • False negatives can happen. This means everything may look normal, but cancer is actually present. False negatives don't happen often. Younger women are more likely to have a false negative mammogram than are older women. This is because breast tissue of younger women is denser, making cancer harder to spot.

  • False positives can happen. This occurs when the mammogram results look like cancer is present, even though it is not. False positives are more common in younger women than older women.

  • Questions Related to Mammography Problems
    What is a mammogram?
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    I have had a mastectomy, but the cancer has been in remission for 2 years. Should I get a mammogram on the other breast?
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    If mammograms are so good at detecting nonsymptomatic tumors, why should I bother with a monthly breast self exam (BSE)?
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    What if my health insurance does not cover mammograms?
    I don't have health insurance. Where can I get a free or low-cost mammogram?
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    What is an ultrasound? What is ultrasonography? When are these procedures recommended as an examination of the breast?
    Why are mammograms not recommended for women under 30?
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    What is "implantation displacement view?"
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    Should I get a mammogram if I am pregnant?
    What happens if a woman detects an abnormality while she is nursing?
    What is breast thermography? Does it give accurate results? Is it used in combination with or instead of mammography?
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    What is a spot compression mammogram?
    What is spot compression?
    I am breastfeeding my child. Can I have a mammogram?
    How can I find and participate in a clinical trial on screening for breast cancer?
    What is the SureTouch Visual Mapping System?
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    What does a Category 0 mammogram result mean?
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