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Question from Nikki: I am concerned about having another mammogram after having had radiation treatment. Isn't this just radiating a breast that has already been heavily radiated? Would sonogram alone be enough for follow-up?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. Ultrasound or sonography is not a modality that is used for breast cancer screening. It is used as a diagnostic tool when an abnormality is found on either mammogram or clinical exam. The dosage of radiation exposure from a digital mammography is so small that the benefit of early detection of future cancers far outweighs any potential risk of additional radiation therapy. The dosage of radiation is not one that is used for treatment such as radiation therapy.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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