Mammograms tend to have more false positives than false negatives. Dr. Lauren Carcas, Medical Oncologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains when it happens, women need additional imaging, sometimes. She also talks about the use of ultrasound, MRI and tomosynthesis in cancer detection.
There are some risk factors of breast cancer related to lifestyle such as being overweight, radiation, hormone replacement therapy, smoking and alcohol. Dr. Lauren Carcas, Medical Oncologist with Miami Cancer Institute, explains fat tissue increases the estrogen and the risk for developing breast cancer as well as other factors.
Dr. Lauren Carcas, Medical Oncologist with Miami Cancer Institute, recommends that all women begin their screening mammography at the age of 40. "If a woman has very dense breasts, we may combine a mammogram with an ultrasound in order to have a little bit higher sensitivity and picking up abnormal lesions." She explains MRIs are also indicated in high-risk populations or if a mammogram and ultrasound are inconclusive.