Thursday 23 March 2017

Mammograms 'don't cause cancer'

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Finding breast cancer early reduces your risk of dying from it by up to 25pc. It's a myth that mammograms - breast cancer X-rays - cause cancer, or make it spread.

The consensus in the medical community is that the benefits of mammograms far outweigh any risk. An annual, 20-minute mammogram involves a tiny dose of radiation, less than a chest X-ray and nowhere near enough to increase the risk of developing a cancer. The process of metastasis, in which cells break off a tumour, spread, and settle in a different place in the body to create a secondary tumour, is biologically complex and can't be caused by squeezing a tumour.

Mammograms are frightening because of the potential that they will find a cancer - but the mantra that early detection saves lives is true.

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