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Monday, March 28, 2011

Dr Oz Info (Mammogram and Dental Xrays) for WOMEN

For all of us, all the women in our lives, this is important....

Precautions re Mammograms and Dental XRays/ A Useful Warning

On Wednesday, 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?

I had not heard about this before.  Thanks for the Heads UP! Merlin.  Pass it on girls...
Someone was nice enough to forward this to me. I hope you pass this on to your friends and family.

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