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Implants and Mammograms

Q: What is the impact of breast implants on mammograms?

Dr. Donnica:
While breast implants are not causally associated with an increased risk of breast cancer per se, they are known to interfere with mammogram screening. Several studies have documented that breast implants impair the ability of mammograms to diagnose malignant breast tumors. One study attempted to quantify the amount of breast tissue blocked by implants during mammograms: it ranged from 22% to 83%. Some physicians suggest that because of this interference with mammogram quality, patients with breast implants who are then diagnosed with breast cancer are likely to be diagnosed at a more advanced stage and therefore have a worse prognosis. 

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Created: 11/10/2000  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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