rst direct piece of evidence on whether high-risk women have an increased risk due to radiation exposure," said Edward Hendrick, a member of the American College of Radiology Commission, a medical physicist and clinical professor at the University of Colorado at Denver.
In the United States, women under 30 don't routinely get mammograms, however, he said. It's known that young women are more radiation-sensitive.
Young women who are deemed high-risk can, if they choose, turn to an MRI breast exam instead, he said. MRIs use magnetic or radio waves, not radiation.
"Screening is very important," Jansen-van der Weide said. "However, for young, high-risk women, a careful approach is advised when considering mammography for screening."
To learn more about guidelines for early detection of cancer, visit the American Cancer Society.
SOURCES: Martine C. Jansen-van der Weide, Ph.D., epidemiologist, University Medical Center Groningen, Netherlands; Edward Hendrick, Ph.D., member, American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Commission, and clinical professor, University of Colorado at Denver; Nov. 30, 2009, presentation, Radiological Society of North America annual meeting, Chicago
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