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by Melinda » 29 Sep 2017, 14:48

Hi there,

Is mammogram going to increase my risk for breast cancer?

Lady L
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by Kellyn » 09 Oct 2017, 11:25

Kellyn wrote:Dear Melinda/Lady L,

There will always be a concern among the public whether mammogram can increase risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

The Breast Cancer Organization points out that “diagnostic radiation from mammography in women under 40, or possibly in women before menopause in general, may well carry an increased risk of cancer associated with radiation alone.”

Mammograms don’t prevent breast cancer, but they can save lives by early detection which reduces the risk of dying from the disease by 25-30% or more. Some breast cancers never progress to the point where a lump would be felt, or even go away on their own. But with screening, those cancers are detected and treated.

The only set back could be a problem of ‘over diagnosed’ where the patient will undergo a not needed treatment because of a growth that never would threaten their lives. This will lead to unnecessary psychological distress including anxiety, financial strain and more radiation, chemotherapy or surgery.

Remember that every screening test has benefits and risks which is why it’s important to talk to your doctor before getting any screening test, like a mammogram.

CIS Nurse, Kellyn
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