Is it better not to have a mammogram because it's just radiation?

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Is it better not to have a mammogram because it's just radiation?

The examination exposes to a quantity of X-rays which, thanks to technological advances, has now been drastically reduced. Furthermore, the recommended periodicity for mammography (every 2 years) has been established in such a way that the benefits of an early diagnosis outweigh Possible risks related to radiation Today we have available, free of charge, screening programs for the prevention of breast cancer involving women between the ages of 50 and 69.

There are those who think that mammography screening is useless because, at times, they are diagnosed as dangerous lesions that in reality are not or false positives can be given that deeply disturb the patient or, again, because radiation is used which in itself they can contribute to cancer.
Breast cancer is the most frequent in women (55,000 out of 181,857 total diagnoses estimated for women, in 2020) and is the second leading cause of cancer death in the general population. If mammography is harmful what would be the proposed alternative? Do nothing and wait for the tumor to become palpable? No ... we must look for the tumor when it is in its initial phase and has not yet caused much damage. Mammography allows us to do so because it identifies nodules even of small dimensions (less than 1 cm). If the tumor is small, the chances of recovery increase and the surgery is less aggressive.
With early diagnosis, fewer women die ... women who are much more attentive to their health and much more informed than in the past!

1. Italian Association of Medical Oncology (AIOM). Breast cancer. 2021 guidelines
2. Ministry of Health. Cancer and screening
3. Italian Association of Cancer Registries (AIRTUM), Italian Association of Medical Oncology (AIOM), Ministry of Health. The numbers of cancer in Italy 2020
4. Italian Association for Cancer Research (AIRC). Breast Cancer Screening

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