Do Mammograms Cause Cancer?

Do Mammograms Cause Cancer?

Breast cancer now affects about 1 in 8 U.S. women at some point during the course of their lifetime. The Breast Cancer Organization estimates that as of early 2016, approximately 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are diagnosed each year in the U.S alone. Although survival rates for breast cancer have gone up in recent decades, screening options remain a very controversial issue.

Clinical trials regarding breast cancer screening technologies, including mammograms, have overall shown conflicting results. More than 85 percent of U.S women aged 40 years or older have had at least one screening mammogram in their lifetime. Today not all experts agree on which screening procedures should be recommended to the public, especially in younger women who are under the age of 50.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released a revised recommendation in 2009 stating that women in their 40s should NOT necessarily have yearly mammograms, and need to carefully the weigh the risks considering their personal situation. This recommendation conflicts with those of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other authoritative groups, leaving women unsure of what to do in order to help protect themselves from cancer.

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