13 Oct '15, 5am

Worried about breast cancer? Here's what you need to know ... #BreastCancerAwareness

Worried about breast cancer? Here's what you need to know ... #BreastCancerAwareness

7. Mammograms and ultrasounds are not the same The role of imaging is more important than BSE, says Dr Felicia Tan, consultant breast surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. Mammograms and ultrasounds each have a different utility: Mammograms are best for the early detection of cancer when there is no palpable lump and only white spots called micro-calcifications are seen. It is typically used as a screening tool. Ultrasounds are more useful for patients presenting with lumps and for the detection and characterisation of breast lumps. “I would advise ultrasound screening for all women, adding a mammogram for those above 40 years,” says Dr Tan. “Mammograms are not useful for women under the age of 40 as the breast tissue is very dense, making the detection of micro-calcifications difficult.”

Full article: http://www.herworldplus.com/lifestyle/women-now/what-do-i...

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