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Past repeat CTs may increase breast cancer risk

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 8:29am
Mass Device

Increased computed tomography imaging exams could result in increased breast cancer risk, including among younger women getting repeal exams.

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MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Repeated computed tomography testing in the past may increase a woman's chances of developing breast cancer in the future, according to a new study from the Radiological Society of America.

"When a woman undergoes CT or nuclear medicine imaging of her chest, abdomen or spine, her breast tissue will absorb some radiation," senior study author and University of California radiology & biomedical imaging professor Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman said in prepared remarks. "Breast tissue is one of the tissues in the body known to be sensitive to developing cancer as a result of radiation exposure."

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