earle58 posted that her sister was just diagnosed with invasive intraductal breast ca, and included this:
she went for a second mammogram this past thursday because a lump was now palpable. they ordered a stat ultrasound and did find a 3 cm mass.
I have insisted on ultrasounds since I found out my severe fibrocystic breast disease kept the mammos from showing the flecks of calcium (or whatever they are) that are the red flags for malignancies. Until recently, I would have the mammograms too, because the docs seemed to want them, but once they became so painful that it was days before I didn't hurt anymore, I figured, that's enough.
However, the more I read, and now with earle58's post, the more angry I become that we are using antiquated x-rays in the form of mammograms, which are quite uncomfortable as well, instead of ultrasound, which is not radiation, doesn't hurt and apparently is much better at diagnosis!!!
What's with this, and should we as nurses champion getting rid of those money making mammography machines once and for all, and educating women to demand ultrasounds?