Question by  Cesca (47)

Do mammograms cause breast cancer?

I have heard that they do.


Answer by  mpartin (1600)

No, absolutely not. They detect them most often times even before they can be felt. Mammograms are the safest way we currently have to detect breast cancer and catch it early when the chances of cure and survival are the best. Mammograms are recommended annually for women over 40 or sooner if there is a family history.


Answer by  vietnamgirls (1177)

No, mammograms do not cause breast cancer, they are a tool used to diagnose breast cancer. Mammography uses a very small amount of radiation during the X-ray procedure.


Answer by  Brett (7986)

No, mammograms can detect breast cancer, but they don't cause them. Family history, being overweight, smoking, not exercising, etc., are all different types of things that do though cause breast cancer.


Answer by  dedre (998)

Mammograms can actually increase the risk of breast cancer! A woman should get them when a lump, or abnormal leakage is found. Annual breast exams are recommended for women who are at risk or for the ones who are middle aged and older. Mammograms outside of this are the risk.


Answer by  knightmare (1231)

Mammograms are a way of catching cancer actually. Much like x-rays, they are a source of radiation and in the case of having a mammogram daily for years, the radiation might cause cancer. Otherwise it's fine and there's nothing to worry about.


Answer by  PirateKing (114)

No, they do not cause breast cancer; that would be completely against the case. They do detect it however, hence it may be found within the exam, but it is not caused.

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