Mammograms safe while pregnant?

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Question from DanielleB: I'm pregnant and have a breast lump. My doctor says it's safe for me/my baby if I get a mammogram -- is that true?? I don't know if I can go through with it. Is there anything else I could do that would be as effective?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. The radiation exposure may be small, especially with newer machines. You may consider an ultrasound of the breast or MRI, instead of X-ray study.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Fertility and Pregnancy featured Kutluk Oktay, M.D. and Leslie Schover, Ph.D. answering your questions about breast cancer treatments that can affect your fertility, options for preserving your fertility, being treated for breast cancer while pregnant, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2008.

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