If you are a women, surely you are constantly being reminded how important it is to get regular mammograms. But are mammograms doing more harm than good? Here are some facts on mammogram:
- Mammography cannot detect a tumour until after it has been growing for years and reaches a certain size. (It can only detect a 1cm tumour)
- Mammography uses ionizing radiation, a known cancer-causing agent which has a cumulative effect on your body. The practice of annual mammograms, which involves taking four films of each breast, delivers about one rad (radiation absorbed dose) exposure.