Can mammograms boost cancer risk in high-risk women?

It is common knowledge that breast cancer is a very dangerous disease. High-risk women are strictly recommended to pass mammogram test every year. Is mammogram safe and worth doing?

Myth: Annual mammograms expose to radiation that increases and boosts the breast cancer risk factors.  

Truth: Although mammography radiation is used, it is so scanty that the risks are simply tiny. Moreover, the mammogram can detect a tumor long before it can be diagnosed.


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What should you know about mammogram test?

Mammography is dangerous because of the exposure of the mammary glands. Small doses of radiation, even from medical devices are not safe for health.

Small doses of medical radiation (including mammogram screening) can accelerate the aging process.

A mammogram can give a false positive result, which will lead to unnecessary surgery of the breast, prolonged psychosocial stress.

If no surgery, then the stress will still be provided.


Approval of physicians about the benefits of mammograms is exaggerated as it is based on the incorrect results of research.

For decades many of the world's scientists have devoted their lives to the study the radiation rays. Of course, radiation has a carcinogenic activity, but it is likely applicable to cases of very prolonged and regular exposure. Modern equipment used in the methods of radiation diagnosis prevents any danger to the patient. Even the presence of tumors or other tumors in the breast is not a contraindication to screening mammography.

Fearing even minimized radiation doses, the patient must remember that mammography can detect breast disease and successfully cure it.

Mammography is a specific type of examination that uses x-ray system small doses of radiation for the study of the female breast. Mammographic examination, which is often just called mammography, is used to identify at earlier stages and diagnose breast disease in women.


How often to use the procedure of breast cancer mammogram test?

Mammography used as a screening tool to detect early-stage breast cancer in women who do not experience any symptoms. Mammography can also be used to identify and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as seals, pain, or nipple discharge.

Mammography plays a significant role in the early detection of breast cancer in women because it can show changes in the breast about two years before a patient will notice the first symptoms of the disease.


The applicable regulations of the Department of health and human services (HHS), the American Cancer Association (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that women be screened by mammography every year after the age of forty. The study showed that annual mammograms help to identify breast cancer in the early stages of the disease, i.e. when it is most curable. In this case, the patient can use the therapeutic medical procedures that will save the chest.

National Cancer Institute USA (NCI) also indicates that women who have already had cancers of the breast, and women who are at increased risk because of a genetic predisposition to this type of disease should consult a doctor. The physician should explain to the high-risk women whether they need to undergo a mammogram before reaching forty years of age, or whether they need more frequent mammography. Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate the patient with abnormal clinical findings such as the presence of seals in the breast that can detect both the woman herself and her doctor.

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