December 1, 2009

FIRST, DO HARM:

Mammograms May Boost Cancer Risk in High-Risk Women (HealthDay News, 12/01/09)

Mammograms may actually boost the risk of breast cancer in some high-risk women, a new study suggests.

Dutch researchers analyzed six previously published studies, four examining the effect of low-dose radiation exposure from mammography among women with the genetic mutation boosting breast cancer risk and two looking at the effect of radiation from screening in women with a family history of breast cancer.

"Women who were exposed before the age of 20 had a 2.5 times increased risk of breast cancer," said Martine Jansen-van der Weide, an epidemiologist and researcher at the University Medical Center Groningen, in the Netherlands. So did women with five or more exposures.


The only way you'll slow the mammogram fad is to to show that they make your thighs fat.

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