Mammograms for women with breast augmentation

Although there is a possibility that your implant is broken by the pressure, doctors recommend that women who have undergone breast augmentation made a mammogram. Women who are considering breast augmentation should be aware that the grafts may interfere at the time of finding breast cancer during a mammogram. This is because the graft appears as a white solid tumors shading above and below. Besides making tumors harder to detect, grafts result in “false positives” that occur when the scars and deposits of calcium mimic the shape of the cancer, making it difficult to distinguish from tumors on a mammogram. Biopsy may be needed to determine if they are carcinogenic.

Specific techniques of mammograms have been developed to ensure that they consider as many tissues in women who are experiencing a breast augmentation surgery. This requires taking additional pictures and displaced views, which expose women to more radiation.

In 2004, Miglioretti and colleagues published a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicating that 55% of breast tumors are not initially detected by mammography were women who had undergone breast augmentation surgery, despite that had been used additional images.

This compares to 30% of tumors that were not initially detected in women who had breast augmentation surgery. These tumors were subsequently detected in subsequent mammograms.

Another problem is that calcium deposits can be seen on mammograms and can be mistaken for possible cancer, resulting in additional surgery for biopsy or remove the graft to distinguish these deposits from cancer. Placements of calcium can be felt as modules or mountains under the skin around the graft.

The views posted do not protect against implant rupture, which becomes a major problem as they age grafts. Dr. Lori Brown, an FDA scientist, published an article in 2004 in the Journal of the Health of Women, noting that the FDA had received dozens of reports of cracked or leaking implants during mammography.

Ultrasound and MRIs can be used to detect breast cancer rather than mammograms, but this increases the cost of treatment and may not be covered by insurance.

The bottom line is to ask whether the benefits of breast augmentation outweighed the risks of complications and serious illness. Nobody can answer this question except you and, of course, your doctor.

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