Hidden Dangers Of Mammograms All Women Should Know About

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Health is on everyone’s mind, and we all try to do everything we can to prevent disease and ultimately avoid cancer. Breast cancer is a major concern for women with statistics being quoted all the time. The latest information states that about 1 in every 8 women will end up with breast cancer at some time in their lives. With facts like this staring us in the face, women are eager to do what they think is a preventive measure against cancer — getting a regular mammogram.

This used to be the best way to be proactive and make sure that even if you were diagnosed with breast cancer you could take action right away and nip it in the bud. But this appears to not be the case. New information reports hidden dangers that can actually be just as dangerous for women as being diagnosed with breast cancer. Before you schedule your next mammogram, look over the following concerns and discuss them with your gynaecologist to determine your best course of action.


1. False-positive readings

The repercussions of false-positive readings have been found to expose women to harmful radiation and medical procedures that were not really necessary. If a woman receives a false-positive reading, they may end up undergoing chemotherapy, surgery, and biopsies that were not actually necessary in the first place.


2. Toxic effects of radiation from mammogram equipment

It has been proven that one mammogram can expose a woman to the same amount of radiation as you would receive after undergoing 1,000 chest X-rays.


3. The effectiveness of mammograms has not been proven

It has been determined that mammograms have not been proven to raise a women’s chances of surviving breast cancer and definitely not proven to save a woman’s life any more than having a regular physical exam.

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