Are Mammogram tests really useful in all women to detect breast cancer?
Usefulness of Mammogram in preventing breast cancer
In order to effectively treat a cancer, it is very important to identify cancer in its early stage for which there must be a good screening test that can identify efficiently cancer in its earliest stages. Breast cancer is one of the top 3 killers of women of all age groups and if left untreated may metastasize (spread) to other organs like spines, lungs and brain. Over the years, a gradual decline in the cases of breast cancer has been observed, which has become possible because of Mammogram, which is an ideal screening test, in terms of sensitivity, reliability and cost effectiveness.
What is mammogram?
Mammogram is a widely used screening test that is conducted in order to confirm or to rule out the existence of breast cancer. Mammogram is a radiological test ideally recommended in women with certain risk factors because it is least discomforting and very sensitive.
What are recommendations for Mammogram?
Mammogram is recommended in following situations:
Positive aspects of Mammogram as a screening tool:
The usefulness and importance of the mammograms can be estimated from the fact that it helps in reducing the death rate due to breast cancer to a considerable degree.
Negative aspects of Mammogram as a screening tool:
Among the various factors affecting the treatment of breast cancer, much importance is laid on the mammogram. Recent research published in the Journal of Medicine in England has shown that the mammography is the modest of all the techniques employed in the diagnosis of breast cancer.
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