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When Should You Get A Mammotome?

February 3, 2020
A woman in a white shirt with a pink ribbon on her breast area

When should you get a Mammotome biopsy?

  1. You feel a lump or thickening in your breast
  2. You want a less invasive procedure
  3. You want faster results
  4. Your ultrasound results show abnormalities
  5. You have areolar changes

 

A Mammotome is a breast biopsy device that can assist your doctor in creating an accurate diagnosis of breast cancer. This enables you to skip out on breast biopsy surgery. Mammotome prices in the Philippines are much more affordable compared to breast biopsies. However, both offer similar and accurate results. With a Mammotome biopsy, your doctor can get an accurate depiction of your condition through the use of computer imaging. Here are some factors to help you decide if you should get a Mammotome.

 

You Feel A Lump Or Thickening In Your Breast

A naked woman examining her breasts for cancerous lumps

If you feel a lump on your breast or if certain areas feel thicker than usual, your doctor may suggest that you undergo a Mammotome biopsy. Breast cysts are sacs filled with fluid that are mostly non-cancerous. However, it is important to have these checked to eliminate the possibility of breast cancer.

Breast cancer tumors feel very similar to breast cysts. These tumors can feel like lumps and can put your overall health at risk if left untreated. Signs of cancerous breast lumps can include redness and warmth in the area. Inflammation can also be a problem if you happen to experience this on your breasts. Contrary to popular belief, women with breast cancer do not experience pain in their breasts. This is why it is important to have a Mammotome done to determine the exact nature of the lumps.

 

You Want A Less Invasive Procedure

Other breast-related surgeries involve incisions that use different needle sizes and scalpels. Take note that invasive procedures are much more difficult to recover from. This is especially evident if the incision is deep and if your doctor is taking 10-15 specimens for analysis. As mentioned, it will take some time for the wound to heal and this will affect when you will be able to go back to your routine.

The procedure begins with you laying on your back or face down on the table. A Mammotome biopsy requires a local anesthetic and can be done on an outpatient basis. This will be applied before the procedure begins. Then, a ¼ inch incision is made and the Mammotome needle is inserted in. Once the device reaches its destination, it will gently vacuum, cut, and remove the tissue sample needed for testing. The incision will be closed with a small bandage and you can go home after discharge. Remember to have a companion drive you home after the procedure for your safety.

 

You Want Faster Results

Doctors in the operating room during a surgery

A breast Mammotome offers faster results with little to no scarring. This procedure is able to provide tissue samples to determine if a lump is benign or cancerous. The incision used for this non-invasive surgery is typically small. It does not require any major stitching, which allows for faster healing.

Through the use of a local anesthetic, the device is inserted through the incision with image guidance such as MRIs and X-Rays to perform the biopsy. Compared to your typical stereotactic breast biopsy, the image guidance method is faster. There is no need to expose the patient to ionizing radiation.

 

Your Ultrasound Results Show Abnormalities

When getting an ultrasound, you will be able to receive a black and white image that reveals any suspicious findings. However, take note that an ultrasound is not a replacement for an entire assessment. The Mammotome procedure will complement other screening tests used for breast cancer. If any abnormalities are detected by mammography, ultrasound is the best method to see if the anomaly is solid or fluid-filled. Using an ultrasound will not determine if the solid lump is cancerous, but this is where your Mammotome will come into play.

 

You Have Areolar Changes

A doctor wearing gloves giving their patient a breast examination

Did you know that breast cancer affects the nipple area first? Besides cancerous tumors, sudden changes in your areola can be a sign that you have breast cancer. Unexpected changes can lead to major medical issues. Sudden alterations to your congenital areolar features is a change that should greatly concern you.

Discharge is normal, but if it is pus-like with a green tinge then you might have an infection or other abnormalities. Early-stage breast cancer can also make an appearance on your areolas. If you see drastic changes like these in both your areolas, you should see your doctor immediately to find out the cause.

 

Key Takeaway

At PHMC’s Women’s Healthcare and Diagnostic Center, we offer comprehensive breast cancer detection procedures for all your concerns. We employ only the best in the field such as accommodating technicians and nurses to help you with your concerns. Our Mammotome price in the Philippines is competitive and can fit your budget.

Should you need this procedure done, we can help you get fast and accurate results without the need for invasive procedures. You can begin your consultation anytime by giving us a call or visiting our website for more information. Click here to learn more about our Women’s Healthcare and Diagnostic Center!

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