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#1 of 3 Old 01-31-2010, 12:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm 39 and had one when I was almost 35, but I would really like to have another one done as so many people I know have been diagnosed with breast cancer over the past 5 years. But I'm breastfeeding (and actually pregnant again) and was thinking that I don't even know if I could get a mammogram while pregnant and breastfeeding... can anyone enlighten me? Thanks!

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If you have indications or something to look for specifically they are still done, but most places don't like doing routine screening mammograms on pregnant or nursing women. They're a lot harder to read when a woman is pregnant, harder still while breastfeeding. The amount of radiation is low so it's not a huge safety issue, it's just hard to interpret while you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have all that extra tissue density.

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If you have indications or something to look for specifically they are still done, but most places don't like doing routine screening mammograms on pregnant or nursing women. They're a lot harder to read when a woman is pregnant, harder still while breastfeeding. The amount of radiation is low so it's not a huge safety issue, it's just hard to interpret while you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have all that extra tissue density.
I totally second this post completely.

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