The Breast Diaries

Q&A: Thyroid Shield?

October 9th, 2012

By Stacey Vitiello, MD

Should my thyroid be shielded when I have a mammogram?

  •    This issue received media attention when Dr. Oz highlighted a study showing a significant increase in thyroid cancer in the U.S. since 1998, and he theorized that this is due to radiation exposure to the thyroid gland during annual mammography. It is highly unlikely that mammography can be blamed for this increased incidence, as it seen in both women AND men, and men do not receive screening mammograms. A recent paper estimated that the lifetime risk for thyroid cancer
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