Our expert says:
The reason why they don't want to do mammograms on young women is because the radiation of the breast in itself is a risk for cancer. A mammogram is also not diagnostic for breast cancer, one would look at a combination of factors:cancer is suspected if it is a persistent lump that is not "slippery" between your fingers if you examine, that does not "wax and wane" with your menstrual cycle, with certain features on sonar, and calcification on mammogram.
If you are really worried about the lumps, the better way to go about it is to see a surgeon and to ask him to do a needle biopsy of the lump/s for you if he is unsure about whether it is cancerous or not (they put a needle into the lump and pull out a small amount of tissue that they can send to the pathologist for confirmation)If you have a strong family history of breast cancer (mother sister or aunt has breast cancer) this may be the way to go. It is not as painful as it sounds, they can use local anaesthetic when doing it.
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