Why Don"t Emergency Rooms Perform Mamograms? I Have Severe Pain And Now Itching And Burning In My Breast . All I Hear From The E.r. Is Wait Until Your Mamogram Is Done. I Now Have A Clear Discharge.

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Asked by charlie

Why Don"t Emergency Rooms Perform Mamograms? I Have Severe Pain And Now Itching And Burning In My Breast . All I Hear From The E.r. Is Wait Until Your Mamogram Is Done. I Now Have A Clear Discharge.

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Charlie, emergency rooms are designed to deal with immediate crisis situations--broken bones, heart attacks, bleeding, and so forth. Breast cancer is not an emergency situation, even though your pain makes it seem that way. Because breast cancer is usually slow growing there is some time for breast experts to consider all of the factors affecting the medical decisions that need to be made. ER doctors are not trained to deal with these issues. Did they discuss the possibility that the severe pain might be an infection that needs treatment with antibiotics?

I hope the ER people helped you with a referral to the best doctors in your area to help diagnose your symptoms. You do want to move quickly to find out what is wrong, but the ER doctors are not the right ones to help you. I hope the problem is something easy to solve.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson