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Can Your Menstrual Cycle Affect the Accuracy of Your Mammogram?

by | December 28th, 2010

The Answer is Yes.

A new study by the Radiological Society of North America has found that in women who have had regular mammograms for 2 previous years, a screening mammogram done in the first week of the menstrual cycle is more sensitive for the detection of cancer than if the test is done the second, third, or fourth week of the cycle.

The study authors conclude that among menstruating women opting for regular screening, timing subsequent mammograms during the first week of the menstrual cycle may improve sensitivity. It also may offer another advantage: With breast tenderness often occurring in the second half of the cycle, avoiding this time could decrease discomfort during mammography.

J. Kyle Mathews, MD

Plano OBGyn Associates

Plano Urogynecology Associates

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Dr. J. Kyle Mathews is an expert in the field of Urogynecology, minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery, and reconstructive gynecologic surgery. Dr. Mathews is board certified and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the American College of Surgeons. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Mathews is one of the most experienced surgeons in north Texas.

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