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Some Women May Not Benefit From Mammograms

Young women who carry the breast cancer genes may not benefit from routine mammograms.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute used a mathematical model to estimate how many radiation-induced cancers would occur among women who got annual mammograms at various ages. They found women who underwent five mammograms between age 24 and 29 would have an additional 26 breast cancers when included in a random group of 10 thousand women. Once they deducted the benefit of early detection, they still found mammogram screenings increased the risk for disease.

Experts are quick to note they did not conduct human trials. this study should only be used during the decision making process. It is not meant to change any current recommendation.


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