Re: breat cancer runs in family
You certainly can get a mammogram. You are young and your breast will be very dense, however, that does not mean that it will not be a useful diagnostic tool. You should also get an ultasound and a Breast MRI. Breast MRI are better for patients who's breast are very dense, however, do not be concerned if the Breast MRI picks up anything that concerns the Radiologist. The disadvantage of Breast MRI's is that they do tend to have a greater risk of false/positive results. My feeling on the false/positive results is better safe than sorry. Ultrasound is good because if there is anything of concern found than the ultrasound can typically diagnose whether it is fluid or solid based (fluid base is good).
The most important thing to do is to make an appointment at a breast clinic and have them evaluate you and your family situation. Talk to your mother about your concerns and possibly make an appointment with the surgeon who is caring for her.
It is very good that you are being pro-active with your health care.
Last edited by shisslak; 10-21-2008 at 11:37 AM.