Common myths about breast cancer
With only a few days left in October, which is breast cancer awareness month, we want to take a little time to dispel a few common myths associated with the disease.
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#1 Oct 29, 2012
This feature/article is yet another biscuit that is pulled out from the archives every October. However, this feature/article is not only stale but wrong and its advice is misdirection. Please understand that there is NO amount of radiation that is safe and its effects are cumulative through a personís lifetime. There are several quality epidemiologic studies that demonstrate a significant level of risk for the development of breast cancer from X-ray radiation in the doses used for mammography; especially in younger women and even more so in women with strong family history (BRCA 1 or 2). It is unfortunate that mammography is still the most available means of screening women but donít dismiss its very real risk as a cause of breast cancer as a myth. I hope I donít see this misinformation next October.
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