- Question from Nanc: After breast cancer and appropriate surgery, for how long should women have diagnostic rather than screening mammograms?
- Answers - Cecilia Brennecke When a woman is a breast cancer survivor, I perform diagnostic mammograms on her for the rest of her life. I used to think that we should stop screening everyone at age 80, but I've changed my mind on this. That's because I see many women over 80, who are in very good health, and deserve to have the best care possible and to get screened. When you are a survivor, you should receive diagnostic mammograms forever. Medicare guidelines state that a unilateral mammogram—a mammogram done on a woman who only has one breast—is a diagnostic exam and not a screening exam.
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