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If mammograms slightly increase my risks of breast cancer, why does everyone say to get them?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Early diagnosis

Because early diagnosis saves lives.
Mammogram is a cost effective screening method that has helped decrease cancer mortality from breast cancer by about 37% since 1990s when mammogram became widespread used.

In brief: Early diagnosis

Because early diagnosis saves lives.
Mammogram is a cost effective screening method that has helped decrease cancer mortality from breast cancer by about 37% since 1990s when mammogram became widespread used.
Dr. Reza Shirazi
Dr. Reza Shirazi
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Risk

It is all about risk.
The risk of undergoing the mammogram is far less than the risk of having breast cancer. You are at an even higher risk of death getting in your car and driving on the freeway.

In brief: Risk

It is all about risk.
The risk of undergoing the mammogram is far less than the risk of having breast cancer. You are at an even higher risk of death getting in your car and driving on the freeway.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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Dr. Michael Sabel
Surgery - Oncology

In brief: Not true

There is very little data to support that mammography increases the risk of breast cancer, and if they do, that risk is very low compared to the improvement seen in outcome by detecting cancer early.
Several studies confirm the survival benefit if screening mammography. However, you are only 24 and shouldn't be getting mammograms for many years.

In brief: Not true

There is very little data to support that mammography increases the risk of breast cancer, and if they do, that risk is very low compared to the improvement seen in outcome by detecting cancer early.
Several studies confirm the survival benefit if screening mammography. However, you are only 24 and shouldn't be getting mammograms for many years.
Dr. Michael Sabel
Dr. Michael Sabel
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