You will notice your primary doctor will occasionally write you a referral. Yes the primary doctor is your go to, the doctor that you see on a regular but there are something’s that’s not in your doctor’s specialty. Diagnosing you with any type of breast condition is an example of something that a primary doctor cannot do. If you came to the doctor with a breast mass or soreness in the breast he may have a thought of what might be going on but the only way to actually know what’s going on is the refer you to mammography specialist. A mammogram is an x-ray photo of your breast. When it comes to breast cancer some women have no signs or symptoms, a mammogram is used to check for that disease. It also checks for lumps or any other signs of breast cancer.

There are two types of mammography; Screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram. Screening mammography is the type that checks you when you have no symptoms. It gives good chance of helping reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer amongst women age 40-70. Some drawbacks; mammograms can sometimes miss cancer when it’s there. It can also detect something abnormal that isn’t cancer but causes you to do more testing which might put you a little over edge, major anxiety. Mammogram just like any of imaging test exposes you to radiation. Mammograms are also recommended for younger women who may have symptoms of breast cancer or those who has a high risk of the disease.

Diagnostic mammogram comes into play after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or even after some signs of breast cancer that alerted the physician to check the tissue. There are some signs to watch for that may include: A lump, breast pain, nipple discharge, thickening of skin on the breast and/or changes in the size or shape of the breast. A diagnostic mammogram can help determine whether or not these symptoms indicate breast cancer.

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