Breast Cancer

Frequently Asked Questions

19. Are there any risks in having a mammogram?

The risks of breast cancer screening tests include the following.

Some women worry about radiation exposure, but the risk of any harm from a mammogram is actually quite small. The doses of radiation used are very low and considered safe. The exact amount of radiation used during a mammogram will depend on several factors. For instance, breasts that are large or dense will require higher doses to get a clear image.

Learn more about the risks of breast cancer screening.