Health Alert 9-18-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 18, 2012 - A new study looking at women with the BRACA-1 or BRACA-2 breast cancer gene mutation finds those who had a mammogram or chest x-ray before they were 30 are at an increased risk of getting breast cancer. That's compared to women who have the mutation but weren't exposed to the radiation. Radiation exposure is a known risk factor for breast cancer. Researchers recommend those women choose an MRI scan instead of a mammogram or x-ray to check for the disease.

Also, there's a downside to diagnosing infants with congenital heart disease while they're in the womb. Studies show those babies do better than infants who are diagnosed after birth, but a new study in the Journal Pediatrics finds more than 30 percent of mothers reported feeling stressed and anxious after receiving the diagnosis, which can negatively impact their pregnancy. The authors suggest expectant mothers receive psychological support along with the diagnosis.

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