Precautions About Mammograms and Dental XRays/ a Useful Warning

On April 20th, 2011, Dr. Oz had a show on the fastest growing cancer in women, thyroid cancer.  It was a very interesting program and he mentioned that the increase could possibly be related to the use of dental x-rays and mammograms.  He demonstrated that on the apron the dentist puts on you for your dental x-rays there is a little flap that can be lifted up and wrapped around your neck.  Many dentists don’t bother to use it.  Also, there is something called a “thyroid guard” for use during mammograms.  By coincidence, I had my yearly mammogram yesterday. I felt a little silly, but I asked about the guard and sure enough, the technician had one in a drawer. I asked why it wasn’t routinely used. Answer: “I don’t know.  You have to ask for it.” Well, if I hadn’t seen the show, how would I have known to ask?

Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

Here’s a link to more information on Dr. Oz’s Website too about detection and self exams that might be helpful to pass along.

Sincerely,

Michele Johnson

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