Breast Imaging for Pain is Not Useful

submitted by: admin on 06/25/2016


Women witlh breast pain who receive imaging as part of their evaluation undergo additional testing with mammograms, ultrasounds, and MRIs are often biopsied. However, they do not benefit according to a Boston University School of Medicine study published in March of 2012 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Pain is rarely a presenting symptom for cancer of the breast In their study of 916 women with breast pain only 6 cancers were found, and all of them had either a lump or an abnormal mammogram.

Fibrocystic disease of the breast is not included in this category. In this situation, the risk of finding a cancer is 4-6 times higher than normal.







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