A recent study suggests the screening test may increase the risk of breast cancer for women who are already at a high risk of developing the disease.
Chicago (WiredPRNews.com) – New research suggests mammograms may increase the risk of developing breast cancer for women who are considered to already have high risk factors for developing the disease. As reported by HealthDay News, the study by Dutch researchers found that the radiation exposure from mammography may have a greater impact on women with a history of family members developing the disease.
Martine Jansen-van der Weide, an epidemiologist and researcher at the Netherlands based University Medical Center Groningen, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “Women who were exposed before the age of 20 had a 2.5 times increased risk of breast cancer.”
As noted by HealthDay News, the findings were set to be present at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago this week.
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