Sharecare News posted a story about Nursing:
WEDNESDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- The United States has a shortage of primary care doctors, and some policymakers want to fill the gap by expanding the role of nurse practitioners. But the two professions are engaged in a turf war over who can do the job better, a new survey finds.
What should I expect during a digital mammogram?
Here's what to expect during a digital mammogram:
- The technologist will come to the gowned waiting area to get you for your exam. Once inside the mammography room, the technologist will document and verify your breast history for the interpreting radiologist. She will check your breasts for
How can I get the most accurate mammogram results?
Mammography is not a perfect science. Besides missing about 10 percent of cancers, it has also been known to sound false alarms, sometimes leading to surgical biopsies that later turned out to be unnecessary. Fortunately, there are things women can do to increase their likelihood of an accurate... Full Post
What information should I give when scheduling a mammogram?
When scheduling your mammogram, please let the scheduler know of the following:
- If you have had prior mammograms, the scheduler will need to know when and where they were located.
- If you have special needs (wheelchair/walker needs, interpreter services, etc.)
- If you are pregnant or nursing
How should I care for my breasts?
It is estimated that half of all women in the U.S. will seek consultation for a breast disorder in their lifetime. That's why it is vitally important for women to be proactive and get regular breast health care. Early detection of problems provides the greatest possibility of successful treatment.... Full Post
Who is at risk for breast cancer?
A woman whose mother, sister or daughter has had breast cancer is at higher risk. The risk is increased if the family member's cancer affected both breasts or was diagnosed before menopause. That's when a form of breast cancer that tends to run in families is more common. Women who carry... Full Post
How soon will I get the results of my mammogram?
Your report will be in the mail within 7 to 10 days of your visit -- after your films have been reviewed by a board-certified, specially trained radiologist. Radiologists use computer-aided detection (CAD) technology, which increases the likelihood of detecting small or early-stage cancers.... Full Post
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
To prepare for your mammogram:
- Limit caffeinated products 3 to 5 days before your exam.
- Most women prefer to wear a two-piece outfit for comfort.
- Do not apply deodorant, powder, lotions or sunscreen to the breast and underarm area. These may contain ingredients that may interfere with the
Do mammograms hurt?
Most women who have had a mammogram will tell you that breast compression is uncomfortable but not painful. It is a good idea, however, to schedule your mammogram when your breasts are least tender -- typically two or three days following the end of your menstrual cycle. You may also want to... Full Post
Does an abnormal mammogram mean I have breast cancer?
An abnormal mammogram does not necessarily mean you have breast disease or cancer. As many as 10 percent of women who have mammograms are called back for further evaluation. The majority find out through further tests that they are fine.Full Post
What can I expect when I have a mammogram?
Before a mammogram, you will be escorted to the dressing room by one of the breast center staff. You will be instructed to undress from the waist up. The staff will provide you a gown to wear. Please have the opening in the front of the body. You will be given a wipe to remove any deodorant,... Full Post
When should I start getting mammograms to screen for breast cancer?
Studies show that the breast X-ray can detect a lump two years before it can be felt and can identify up to 90 percent of breast cancers. That's why the American Cancer Society recommends that women have a mammogram done once a year starting at age 40. Women with a family history of breast... Full Post
Do benign breast conditions increase the risk of breast cancer?
Most changes women find in their breasts are not cancer. In fact, 90% of these conditions are benign.
Fibrocystic breasts, for example, are a normal variant. We believe this raised our risk for breast cancer in the future, but it does not. Some atypical lesions, which are benign, can raise the risk for... Full Post
What are the risk factors for breast cancer?
Being a woman is the greatest risk factor for breast cancer. While men can and do develop breast cancer, there are only about 1,000 new cases of male breast cancer diagnosed annually in the United States -- 1% of all breast cancers. Age, as well as family, personal and reproductive history,... Full Post
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray used to routinely evaluate a woman's breast health. It helps doctors see whether there are any abnormalities or changes in the breast tissue that may need to be further explored. It is a screening tool, and it is also a diagnostic tool for investigating lumps or... Full Post