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could having a breast mammagram give you cancer?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Unlikely: Mammograms save lives...That is well established. So they are highly recommended. Hhaving said this, there is some radiation exposure from this procedure and it is well known that radiation is carcinogenic, ... So an occasional person may be the victim of cancer due to radiation but the benefit clearly outweighs this risk. So it should not be a serious concern. Yet one should not do them indiscrimi.
Answered on Apr 10, 2013

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