Breast Cancer Myths Debunked
Charlotte Radiology News with Amy Chudgar, MD
August 19, 2021
Established in 1967, Charlotte Radiology is committed to raising awareness, educating, and advocating for women’s breast health. We’ve teamed up with one of our expert radiologists to give you the facts on the subject. Amy Chudgar, MD is a Radiologist with Charlotte Radiology Breast Services and is board-certified and subspecialized in breast imaging/mammography and nuclear medicine radiology. We’ve gone straight to the source to ask her the truth about common misconceptions around breast cancer risk.
- Does carrying your cell phone in your bra increase your risk for getting breast cancer?
While over the years, I hear this more and more from women, there has been no data to support that carrying your cell phone in your bra results in breast cancer. Organizations such as The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and others have not found direct evidence linking cell phones and cancer development. If you are concerned about exposure to radiofrequency waves from cell phones, you can carry your phone further away from your body and use hand-free headsets or speaker phone.
- I always have a normal mammogram, so I don’t need to go every year
Breast health experts recommend women have a screening mammogram every 12 months starting at age 40. Even if your annual results are always normal, small changes in the breast tissue can be detected on a mammogram up to 2-3 years before they become large enough to be felt by you or a physician. The detection of breast cancers at an earlier stage requires less extensive treatment and have better prognosis. If you have known risk factors, experts recommend a baseline screening at 35 years old. Remember – annual mammogram screenings can save lives!
Charlotte Radiology owns and operates 15 breast centers around the Charlotte area. We have extended hours and weekend appointments at select locations. Are you due for your annual mammogram? Schedule today using our online self-scheduler.