Mammography, which is becoming more and more important in the early diagnosis of breast cancer, is an examination that should be done within the regular controls of every woman after the age of 40. Yeditepe University Hospitals Radiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi pointed out that the precursor lesions of breast cancer could be detected approximately 2 years ago with mammography.
Early diagnosis brings a very high rate of treatment success for many cancers today. Breast cancer is one of them. Pointing out that treatment success of up to 90 percent can be achieved today in breast cancer treatment thanks to screening and early diagnosis, Radiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi gave information about screening and diagnostic mammography.
Explaining that the screening mammography is performed without any symptoms or complaints, to investigate possible cancer cells, Yeditepe University Hospitals Radiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi stated that if a suspicious image is detected with the images, the woman is called back for detailed evaluation. Explaining that women who are called again for detailed evaluation are very worried and afraid of this situation, Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi said, “There is no need to worry about this. Looking at the statistics, among the women we recall for detailed imaging and tests, less than 10 out of every 1 women are diagnosed with breast cancer ”. Speaking that the most important point for both screening and diagnostic mammography is not to waste time. Dr. Filiz Çelebi said, “Having some symptoms in the breast after screening does not necessarily mean that there is cancer. Screening mammography usually takes 10-15 minutes. In mammography for diagnostic purposes, the duration is a little longer because the suspicious areas are evaluated in more detail. In patients with dense breast tissue and when there are lesions that cannot be evaluated clearly on mammography, ultrasonography may be needed together with mammography to make a diagnosis. Your physician may also recommend MRI as an additional examination in cases where the suspicious breast lesion cannot be diagnosed only by mammography and ultrasound, or for screening in cases with a family history of breast cancer.
PAIN LEVEL MAY VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON
Reminding that many women delay mammography on the grounds that it is a painful procedure, Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi emphasized that this approach is extremely dangerous and may delay the diagnosis of breast cancer by causing a waste of time. Stating that the pain felt during the procedure varies according to the pain threshold of the person, Dr. Filiz Çelebi continued his words as follows: “The level of pain; The fact that mammography coincides with the pre-menstrual period may vary depending on personal pain tolerance and how the person is positioned during the procedure. Mammography should be performed after the menstrual cycle is over to prevent pain and sensitivity that may occur.
BIOPSY REQUIREMENT FOR FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Yeditepe University Hospitals Bağdat Caddesi Polyclinic Radiology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Filiz Çelebi concluded his words by warning that “when a suspicious lesion is seen in the breast with imaging methods, imaging-guided biopsy is required for the definitive diagnosis of cancer”.