Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. Screening mammograms usually involve two or more x-ray pictures, or images, of each breast. The x-ray images often make it possible to detect tumors that cannot be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications tiny deposits of calcium that sometimes indicate the presence of breast cancer. Mammograms can also be used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other sign or symptom of the disease has been found.
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How Does Getting A Mammogram With Breast Implants Work? — Bay Imaging Consultants
When you have breast implants, routine breast cancer screenings and related diagnostic procedures can be a bit more involved. Breast cancer risk is tied to such factors as being older, being overweight, having a family history of breast cancer, or inheriting certain genetic mutations linked to breast cancer. Implants are associated with a rare type of blood cancer that is unrelated to breast cancer. More on that later. National guidelines suggest that most women have screening mammograms annually or every other year beginning between age 40 and 50, whether or not they have implants. One caveat: The National Cancer Institute says a woman who has had an implant after a mastectomy should ask her doctor whether she needs a mammogram of the reconstructed breast. Have implants or thinking of getting them?
Screening for women with implants
Learn more about mammograms. Learn about findings on a mammogram. Before the mammogram, you will undress from the waist up. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, perfumes, powders or lotions on your breasts and underarm areas on the day of the exam.
Mammograms are the best early detection method for breast cancer. And contrary to what some people believe, they are essential if you have breast implants. However, because of the materials used to create implants, as well as their placement in the body, a mammogram with breast implants usually requires a few extra steps. The short answer to that question is: Yes, they can.