Digital Vs X-Ray Breast Exams; Age and Breast Dens

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  1. Aruba 1st

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    "Mammograms cut the risk of dying of breast cancer up to 35 percent among women 50 and older, but only by 15 percent to 20 percent among younger women, who tend to have dense breasts that standard film X-rays have trouble penetrating.

    Digital mammograms proved 15 percent more accurate than standard film X-rays among women younger than 50, in whom breast cancer is relatively uncommon.

    Among women with dense breasts and those not yet in menopause, digital mammograms were 11 percent and 15 percent better, respectively."

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    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0917mammogram17.html
     
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    I had my first and only mammogram five years ago at age 35 and believe I'm due to start regular exams this year. If anyone reading this is afraid to get one don't be. It didn't hurt and really wasn't even mildly uncomfortable. Please get yourself checked.
     
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    Yeah, mammograms may look painful, but dying of cancer is a million times worse.
     
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    Righto.
    Hopefully, the new digital procedure will be less painful.

    A shared comparison from the "hot seat" may relieve some of the fears
    and suffice to encourage LPSGLadies to have a check-up.
    Anyone ?

    In certain locals, first mammograms are scheduled at 50 y.o.
    By her earlier example, ItsJustShe's leadership may save lives.

    Self examination instructions are available on the Web - for testicles too.
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