Can the pressure on the breast during the examination cause breast cancer

Created: 20.06.2016
Updated: 22.03.2018

No, during a mammogram the breast is placed between two plates and compressed for a short amount of time. The pressure on the breast tissue is neither harmful nor will it cause cancer. The risk of breast cancer depends on different factors. This includes the age or the family history.

The more the breast is compressed, the less x-ray radiation is required and the more information the mammogram image will provide.


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