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More on mammograms

July 8, 2015

By Shannon Brownlee, MSc

When I turned 35, I dutifully went to my doctor to get a “baseline” mammogram. As a senior medical writer at U.S. News & World Report at the time, I knew getting a baseline was thought to provide a way for one’s doctor to look at subsequent mammograms and determine if any little white spots on the film were getting bigger and might indicate a cancer. When another medical reporter at the magazine told me there was growing concern that the radiation of mammograms themselves might cause some cancers, I was dubious. Everybody knew mammograms save lives. A tiny few additional cancers was surely offset by mammography’s life-saving power of catching cancers early.

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