Dr. Lebovic discusses if a mammogram can be used to diagnose breast cancer.
A mammogram is a very low dose of radiation that takes a picture that sees through the breast tissue and we are looking for very small changes from year to year. Now, a mammogram might see something like calcifications or change in the tissue, but it cannot tell you exactly what that change is. So, if something is seen on a mammogram, it doesn’t mean you have cancer and in fact, 80% of the time if we do a biopsy, it’s not cancer but, a biopsy is required if there’s an abnormality in order to detect whether or not it’s cancer.
About Dr. Gail Lebovic, M.D., M.A., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. Gail Lebovic is the President of the American Society of Breast Disease (ASBD). She earned a B.A. in physiology and anatomy and a master's in endocrinology from University of California, Berkeley. In 1986, she received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine. After an internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, she performed her surgical residency at Stanford University Medical Center and completed two fellowships – one in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast and another at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Lebovic is certified by the American Board of Surgery and her areas of special medical interest include diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast, and management of congenital breast deformities. She has also invented several medical devices and co-founded a number of companies in the area of women's health including Biolucent, Inc., makers of the MammoPad™ breast cushion designed to make mammography more comfortable.