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Re: When and how often should a mtf get a mammogram?
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2019, 11:13:08 am »
My doctors are saying 2nd half of 2020 when I’ve passed the 18 month point on HRT.

I seem to be fortunate in the breast growth department which I guess has a bearing on how soon for the first one.

(My wife seems to relish the prospect of me having to endure the squish.  Kinda a revenge I guess.  :-). )

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Re: When and how often should a mtf get a mammogram?
« Reply #21 on: December 14, 2019, 01:20:27 pm »
Every doctor has their opinion.  My Dr says, nope, unless there's family history, the radiation exposure is not worth the risk.  I started hrt at 55 and he said that maybe at 70 but not really worth it.

No Squishies for Denise.

So, does getting a mammogram result in receiving a significant amount of radiation that is a cancer risk?

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Dear Denise and Chrissy:
Per my own personal experience, I have now had 3 mammograms since I started HRT in March of 2015 when I was 35 years old.

I had a 2nd Mammogram two years later last September 2018 when I was 38 years old...and the test revealed a slight shadow in my left breast that my doctor was not too concerned with, thinking that is was a small benign cyst. 

Because of that my doctor ordered a follow-up Mammogram a couple months ago in September 2019, the shadow was slightly bigger and they did a needle biopsy during the Mammogram test to obtain a lab report about the cyst to determine if it was benign ... that was inconclusive so my doctor scheduled me for surgery to remove it last October TWO-Months ago. 
Soon after,  got the lab report from my doctor and very thankfully it was benign. (my doctor and I wanted it removed !!!)
If it wold have been malignant, and it could have been, the mammograms would have been a life-saver.
   

By the way, in my family and extended family history there are no incidents of breast cancer going back several generations.

As a pre-emptive safety measure my doctor wants a follow-up Mammogram next year in September to make certain that all is OK.
 
Regarding radiation exposure, I asked my Doctor about that before I had my 3rd mammogram several months ago and I was told that the benefits of regular mammograms definitely outweigh any minimal radiation risks... which are similarly comparable to dental x-rays.  (My Sweetie Tooth-Fairy reassured me about the wisdom of this.)
Please note that was my own Doctor's opinion... and I am obviously very happy with my doctor's suggestions for my healthcare.
I am so very glad that I followed my doctor's orders to have the mammograms and the surgery last September....
 ...and now a 4th one planned for next September.  I am becoming an old-hand about my own mammograms.

Here are a couple of LINKS that you can click so you can read what my recent experiences with my doctors regarding all of this.
     --->  https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,243696.msg2310096.html#msg2310096

--->  https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250316.msg2320331.html#msg2320331

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Re: When and how often should a mtf get a mammogram?
« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2019, 10:10:32 am »
I believe that breasts usually come with a 20 year warranty. 

I have seen no statistics, so this is just my opinion...  I think trans women would get less breast cancer than cis women of the same age.  My genes may be 64 years old, but my breast tissue is only 2 years old.  However, I wouldn't expect our rate to be as low as that of pubescent cis girls.  There are those 64-year-old genes after all.  SO, probably somewhere in between.

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Re: When and how often should a mtf get a mammogram?
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2020, 07:25:22 am »
Are you getting your mammograms?  Stay healthy.

Have you found that their availability been restricted because of the Covid-19?


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Re: When and how often should a mtf get a mammogram?
« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2020, 09:21:03 am »
In many locations, as health care facilities are starting to rebound back from the initial Covid-19 dilemma, appointments for diagnostic tests are becoming available, read the LINK below to read my thoughts, and my own personal experiences, regarding regular self-exams and Mammogram testing.

  Click LINK>>>     Mammogram alert

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