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"New Study Shows Mammogram Frequency Should Depend On Women’s Weight" - Max Gomez

  • CBS New York
  • New York, NY
  • (November 20, 2017)

New research suggests that perhaps how often a woman should have a mammogram may depend on her weight.  While virtually every major medical group in the United States says women should have yearly mammograms after age 40, a government agency says every two years is enough.  Now a new study shows if overweight women follow those guidelines, their breast cancers may be found at larger, later stages.  That’s because extra weight means extra fat cells, which means increased risk. “They have chemicals in them that make the body continue to produce more and more estrogen,” said Dr. Laurie Margolies, MD, chief of breast cancer imaging for the Mount Sinai Health System. “Estrogen is food for the majority of breast cancers.”

- Laurie Margolies, MD, Professor, Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director of Breast Imaging, Dubin Breast Center of The Mount Sinai Hospital

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