Mammography is a specific type of X-ray study done to detect breast diseases especially cancer at an early stage. There is a lot of concern regarding exposure to radiations during mammography. However, the screening equipment used currently for mammography emits an extremely low dose of radiation and the chances that a cancer will develop due to this radiation exposure is extremely small. The radiation exposure due to mammogram is lower than the dose of cosmic radiation you are exposed to during an intercontinental flight or a skier on a mountain over 3,000 meters. Screening mammograms done with low dose exposure once a year, beginning after age 40—50 years is absolutely safe even if you have a personal or family history of cancer of the breast or other organs, regardless of their age.
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Some of the risks associated with mammography include:
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Mammography is a safe and valuable investigation for early diagnosis of breast cancer. Do not avoid having mammography considering the rare risk of cancer or other risks of mammography.
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