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2/1/2018Everything I have seen & read says annual mammogram and bi-annual professional breast exam. I will 3 breast exams per year: 1) physical by family doc, 2) annual gyno appt, 3) mammogram with breast surgeon who did biopsy. Is there any advantage to getting a 3D mammo every 6 months, even if I have to pay for it? Or would I be over radiating? I want to do the MAXIMUM possible to save my breasts and, more importantly, my life. Cost is secondary. With that in mind, what would you recommend?(Will be discussing drugs like Evista, Tamoxifen with oncologist, as well.) Thanks
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2/1/2018For a woman of average risk for breast cancer, the recommendation is yearly mammograms, yearly clinical breast exam and monthly breast self-exams. Some women at very high risk will also get a breast MRI yearly, but on the off 6 months from the mammogram, so they are actually getting imaging every 6 months. Breast cancer is very slow growing, so having mammograms every 6 months is overkill unless you already are at high risk and being followed for specific abnormalities.

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