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Women warned on radiation hazard of mammograms

Repeated X-rays could lead to problems The Desert Sun •Diana Saunders November 19, 2009 In the debate about mammograms, a key word is missing: X-rays. Although mammograms are low-dose X-rays, they pose a small risk of radiation-induced cancer that increases with each mammogram. The breast tissue is particularly sensitive to radiation, and there is evidence that the imagery may pose an unwarranted risk to susceptible women, especially those who have undergone radiation for other medical conditions in their childhood or early adult years.

Each woman should consider her own vulnerability based on her health record and genetic factors before feeling outraged at the new guidelines. The revised recommendations are intended to limit the incidence of breast cancer that might occur as a result of the mammograms themselves.

November 20, 2009 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, health | , , ,

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