Latest research has shown that Mammograms (a test used to detect breast cancer) could increase the risk of cancer. Researchers have found that certain mutated genes are present in women that could increase the chances of breast cancer when exposed to radiation.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) should be conducted in those women who have BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutated genes. It is estimated that approximately 400 women have mutation in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes which have five times more risk of developing breast cancer.
It was suggested that women who have genetic abnormalities are more sensitive to radiation as genes are working to fix DNA problems. If these genes are exposed to radiations then they will lost the ability to repair DNA and could increase the risk of cancer.
New study that was conducted on 2,000 women suffering mutation only in single gene having age more than 18 in Britain, France and the Netherlands. Researcher found that nine women would likely to develop breast cancer out of 100 having age 30 years.
It was concluded that risk of breast cancer due to radiation is least after the age of 30 years but 62% risk could increase in women having age 20 years.
“We believe countries who use mammograms in women under 30 should reconsider their guidelines,” Anouk Pijpe, one of the study authors from the Netherlands Cancer Institute, said.
“It may be possible to reduce the risk of breast cancer in (high-risk) women by using MRIs, so we believe physicians and patients should consider that,” Pijpe added.
Source: ABC News
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